President Joe Biden and CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair, Kat Brigham – CUJ FILE PHOTO

Biden commitment to restore salmon in Columbia River Basin a ‘first’

By CHRIS AADLAND Confederated Umatilla Journal PENDLETON, Ore. – The White House on Wednesday directed the government to prioritize working to revitalize salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin, a move a tribal leader called the biggest commitment the federal government has made to restoring native fish species facing extinction.   Through a memorandum, President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies…

Melissa Lonebear holds a banner with a picture of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places on it during a rally in support of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People movement at the Big Horn County Building on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Hardin, Mont. (AP Photo/Mike Clark)

A grandmother seeks justice for Native Americans after thousands of unsolved deaths, disappearances

By MATTHEW BROWNAssociated Press HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — Yolanda Fraser is back near a ragged chain-link fence, blinking through tears as she tidies up flowers and ribbons and a pinwheel twirls in the breeze at a makeshift roadside memorial in a small Montana town. This is where the badly decomposed body of her granddaughter Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was found…

File photo of President Biden signing an executive order

Biden deal with tribes promises $200M for Columbia River salmon reintroduction

ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Biden administration has pledged over $200 million toward reintroducing salmon in the Upper Columbia River Basin in an agreement with tribes that includes a stay on litigation for 20 years. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Spokane Tribe of Indians signed the deal with federal officials on Thursday, The Seattle Times…

A safer and newer-looking parking situation will soon greet those pulling up to the Nicht-Yow-Way Senior Center after a few weeks of work that could complicate access.

Senior center, housing office parking lots to be ‘construction zone’ for a few weeks

By CHRIS AADLAND MISSION, Ore. — A safer and newer-looking parking situation will soon greet those pulling up to the Nicht-Yow-Way Senior Center after a few weeks of work that could complicate access. Work is expected to begin this week on a project to upgrade the crumbling parking areas at the building that houses the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla…

Aaron Ashley, CTUIR Board of Trustees Vice Chair (left) and Roger Wehner, Director of Economic Development for Amazon Web Services, hold newly signed copies of a first-of-its-kind agreement between the Confederated Tribes and a corporate entity Thursday, Sept. 21, in the CTUIR Board of Trustees meeting room.

CTUIR signs memorandum with Amazon Web Services

By CHRIS AADLAND Confederated Umatilla Journal PENDLETON, Ore. — Tribal leaders signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with a corporate entity today, further establishing a partnership and ensuring consultation in development projects that could affect land or resources important to Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation community members.   The agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding with Amazon Web Services, builds on…

Salmon fishing open on the entire mainstem below Bonneville Dam starting Sept. 22

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Salmon fishing will reopen from West Puget Island to Warrior Rock and remain open from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam effective Sept. 22, meaning the entire mainstem below Bonneville will be open to salmon fishing through the end of the year, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington decided today during a joint state hearing. Seasons and regulations…

The Upper Columbia River Basin historically supported abundant wild salmon, steelhead, and native resident fish, which supported Tribal cultures and communities.

Feds, tribes reach agreement supporting efforts to restore salmon populations to Upper Columbia River Basin

WASHINGTON — A historic agreement to support Tribally led efforts to restore healthy and abundant salmon populations in the Upper Columbia River Basin was announced by the federal government today. The agreement between the United States, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians will fund efforts to test the feasibility of, and…

Matthew Bussler, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, uses mapping equipment in Dowagiac, Mich., on Aug. 10, 2023. Americans whose ancestors called the state home hope a new state law will speed the recovery and reburial of ancestors’ remains unearthed over the past two centuries. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

New law returns Native American remains for reburial in Illinois

By JOHN O’CONNOR and MELISSA PEREZ WINDERAssociated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For centuries, Europeans carving up the prairie to suit their own idea of settlement dug up the graves of Native Americans as they conquered lands and pushed tribes to the West. Now, Native Americans whose ancestors’ remains ended up held for study in sterile, nondescript boxes on shelves…

Umatilla National Forest prepares to implement fall prescribed burn plan

PENDLETON, Ore. — Fire management officials on the Umatilla National Forest are preparing to implement the Forest’s fall prescribed burn plan, which could impact camping and hunting opportunities in several hunting units across the Forest. Any associated road and trail closures will go into effect prior to and during burn operations, which typically take 2-5 days to complete. Hunters are advised…

CTUIR granted funds for economic development

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will receive $81,060 in federal funds for economic development. This $81,060 investment from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will develop a specific strategic document and implementation plan for Tribal agricultural and food business growth, food sovereignty, and job creation…