Kola Shippentower, Oregon Ravens team member and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives advocate, poses with her family after the Ravens home game against the Seattle Majestics on May 4, 2024. L to R: Abraham Shippentower, 14, Samuel Shippentower, 7, Kola Shippentower and Tommy Thompson, Jr. All are enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. JARRETTEWERK | UNDERSCORE NEWS + REPORT FOR AMERICA PHOTO

Oregon Ravens honor missing and murdered relatives

Ravens player Kola Shippentower, Umatilla, and youth from her nation shared song and dance to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives during a May 4 football game against the Seattle Majestics. By Nika Bartoo-Smith, Underscore News + ICTand Jarrette Werk Underscore News + Report for America MILWAUKIE – In honor of the National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous…

WWII veteran Charles Shay pays tribute to soldiers during a D-Day commemoration ceremony of the 78th anniversary for those who helped end World War in Normandy, France, Monday, June 6, 2022. On D-Day, Shay was a 19-year-old army medic who saved many on the beaches of France. JEREMIAS GONZALEZ | AP FILE PHOTO

On D-Day, 19-year-old medic Charles Shay was ready to give his life, and save as many as he could

By JEFFREY SCHAEFFER and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press BRETTEVILLE-L’ORGUEILLEUSE, France (AP) — On D-Day, Charles Shay was a 19-year-old U.S. Army medic who was ready to give his life — and save as many as he could. Now 99, he’s spreading a message of peace with tireless dedication as he’s about to take part in the 80th anniversary commemorations of…

New, higher gaming revenue payments to tribal members begin May 20. CUJ | STOCK PHOTO

CTUIR member dividend payments increase  

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – Tribal members will see a larger quarterly revenue sharing payment this month. May payments will be calculated using the new formula approved by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) leaders last year. Tribal officials told the Board of Trustees (BOT) on May 6 that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) had finally…

Red dresses and shirts with messages or names of murdered or missing people, personalized messages planted outside on miniature dresses and a parade of community members wearing red helped demonstrate on May 6 that their loved ones haven’t been forgotten and that solutions are still needed.

CTUIR hosts MMIW events, display

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – Red dresses and shirts with messages or names of murdered or missing people, personalized messages planted outside on miniature dresses and a parade of community members wearing red helped demonstrate on Monday that their loved ones haven’t been forgotten and that solutions are still needed. The displays were part of two Confederated Tribes of…

Homicide is the fourth-leading cause of death among Native American women between the ages of 1 and 19 years and the sixth-leading cause of death for ages 20 to 44, as of 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 6, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation honored and remembered those Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

MMIW Awareness: A Day to Remember Centuries of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Guest Opinion By: Professor Victoria Sutton May 06, 2024 Our awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) may be relatively new within the last decade, but it started long ago with Pocahontas, or Matoaka. Contrary to the Disney movie built on historical legends of early America, Pocahontas was forced to marry a colonist from the Jamestown Colony in order…

A map shows the footprint of the nearly 2,000 acre Thornburgh resort site in relation to Redmond, Oregon. MacGregor Campbell / OPB

Warm Springs Tribes win treaty rights appeal over Central Oregon resort

By Emily Cureton Cook Oregon Public Broadcasting Deschutes County officials have backed plans for Thornburgh’s 950 luxury homes, lodgings, a golf course and a private lake. Judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals delivered a win to tribes from the Columbia River basin May 1. Three appeals court judges found the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA, made…

Committee/Commission Members List

May 2, 2024 CCWIC CTUIR Community Wellness Improvement Collaborative 2 YEAR TERM (1 BOT Member) POSITION NAME DATE SWORN IN TERM ENDS MTG DAYS Chairperson Marcus Luke Yellowhawk   3rd Tuesday Yellowhawk 3-4 PM Member Housing/DCFS/Safety Yellowhawk Behavioral Health Directors   Member Steven Hart    BOT Member Dec. 01, 2025 Member Wenona Scott GC   Member Glavis Wagner GC  …

Donald Sampson

CTUIR executive director resigns

By CHRIS AADLANDReporter MISSION – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) leaders will begin searching for a new executive director in the coming weeks after accepting the resignation of Don Sampson on April 29.Board of Trustees (BOT) members voted unanimously to accept the resignation, which takes effect May 10.In his resignation letter, Sampson stated he resigned due to…

Gov. Tina Kotek holds up a ceremonially signed copy of Senate Bill 1567 while members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees and elected state officials applaud on Thursday, April 25, outside of the Nixyáawii Governance Center in Mission. SB 1567 or the Walla Wall 2050 Strategic Plan calls for cooperative water management between Oregon and Washington in the Walla Walla Basin to help restore salmon. Standing from left to right are Board Member at Large Lisa Ganuelas, Rep. Bobbie Levy, Sen. Bill Hansell, Board Members at Large Steven Hart and Corinne Sams, Chairman Gary I. Burke, General Council Chairman Alan Crawford and Board Vice Chairman Aaron Ashley. LEE GAVIN | CTUIR COMMUNICATIONS

Gov. Kotek and First Lady visit CTUIR

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Thursday, April 25, welcomed Gov. Tina Kotek and First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson for a visit that included a ceremonial signing of a bill calling for Oregon and Washington states to collaboratively resolve water issues facing the Walla Walla River. Kotek and the First Lady began the day…

In this photo provided by the Cheyenne River Youth Project, some of the land purchased by the Native American-led nonprofit organization, is seen near Bear Butte State Park in Meade County, S.D., Aug. 22, 2023. The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced, Thursday, April 11, 2024, that it purchased nearly 40 acres (16.2 hectares) of land in the Black Hills of South Dakota amid a growing movement that seeks to return land to Indigenous people. JULIE A. GARREAU | CHEYENNE RIVER YOUTH PROJECT.

Native American-led nonprofit says it bought 40 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota

By ASSOCIATED PRESS A Native American-led nonprofit has announced that it purchased nearly 40 acres of land in the Black Hills of South Dakota amid a growing movement that seeks to return land to Indigenous people. The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced in an April 11 statement that it purchased the tract of land adjacent to Bear Butte State Park…