OSAA delays high school football indefinitely; pushes back date for first volleyball, soccer and cross-country events to Sept. 23

        Tyasin Burns and other Nixyaawii Community School student-athletes hope to play football this fall for the Pendleton Buckaroos, but the high school football season is being delayed by COVID-19. The season may be restructured if restrictions aren’t lifted by Sept. 28. High school football and other fall sports will be delayed because of COVID-19, according to a decision…

Olympic Icon Billy Mills Comments on Washington D.C. Football Team Announcing Name Change

Gold Medalist and Native American Activist Calls for Lasting Change ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, Billy Mills, Olympic Gold medalist, Oglala Lakota, and National Spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth spoke out on the Washington D.C. football team’s decision to move away from their current name and imagery after years of protracted discussion. “It’s never too late to do…

NCS playing football with Pendleton Bucks

Tyasin Burns, a senior next year at Nixyaawii Community School, will play football with the Pendleton Buckaroos. By Wil Phinney of the CUJ PENDLETON – Pendleton High School Coach Eric Davis is excited about adding three seniors from Nixyaawii Community School (NCS), especially tough running-back Tyasin Burns, to the Buckaroo football roster this fall. The Nixyaawii School Board in May approved…

Basketball coach speaks during team huddle.
Nixyaawii Community School Coach Shane Rivera talks to players during a time out in a game at the Class 1A State Tournament in Baker City in March. Rivera is resigning after an eight-year stint after he accumulated a 171-51 record that included a state title in the 2019 tournament. Standing behind Rivera are his three assistant coaches – Alan Crawford, Ken Mayfield, and Aaron Ashley.

Rivera resigns as NCS hoop coach

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – Shane Rivera is resigning as head boys’ basketball coach after compiling a record of 171 wins against 51 losses in eight seasons at Nixyaawii Community School (NCS). Rivera took NCS to the Oregon Class 1A State Tournament five times, winning the title in the 2018-19 season. That year Rivera was Oregon Class 1A…

Youth basketball team.
Julie Taylor, far right, was recognized by the City of Pendleton for her volunteer service as a volunteer Pendleton Youth Basketball (PYB) coach. Here she stands with her team, Team Taylor, of 3rd-4th graders. Back row from left, Brooklyn Jones (Taylor’s granddaughter), Tatum Ganuelas, Kaitlyn Lyda, Miranda Case, and Charlie Swisher. Kneeling, from left, Audrey Tribelhorn, Ayanna Star, Yasmin Ferman. Not pictured, Layla Berumen.

Taylor honored among Pendleton volunteers

The City of Pendleton has recognized Julie Taylor during National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, for the work she does in the local community. Taylor is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and the director of CTUIR’s Department of Children and Family Services. The City noted in a letter that Taylor served 27 hours coaching…

Mick Schimmel steals the ball away from a Siletz Valley dribbler in Nixyaawii’s 85-41 win Feb. 28 in the Eagles Nest in Mission. The win advanced the Golden Eagles to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City. Nixyaawii, the defending state championship, were to open play Thursday, March 5, against Trinity Lutheran, the team they beat in the title game last year. Trailing the play is freshman Shane Rivera.
Mick Schimmel steals the ball away from a Siletz Valley dribbler in Nixyaawii’s 85-41 win Feb. 28 in the Eagles Nest in Mission. The win advanced the Golden Eagles to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City. Nixyaawii, the defending state championship, were to open play Thursday, March 5, against Trinity Lutheran, the team they beat in the title game last year. Trailing the play is freshman Shane Rivera. CUJ Photo/Megan Van Pelt

NCS slashes Siletz Valley for Baker berth

By the CUJ MISSION – It was over before it started and when it ended it was emphatic. The Nixyaawii Community School boys raced to a 22-0 lead and built a 50-point cushion in the third quarter before freshman Shane Rivera finished it off with a dunk and an 85-41 win over Siletz Valley in a game that sent the…