Public Notice June 4, 2024

TRIBAL MEMBERS:  This notification formally announces that applications are now being accepted from tribal members who wish to serve on the Commission(s)/Committee(s) listed below. Appointed members will receive a $125.00 stipend per meeting, effective January 1, 2022, once the minutes have been approved and processed on CTUIR paydays.      Will advertise for the following vacancies: 3 Positions for CTUIR…

General welfare needs is how the CTUIR now classifies its allocations to tribal members. The CTUIR is one of the few tribes so far that have made tax code changes to how it shares gaming revenue with tribal citizens. CUJ | STOCK PHOTO

Answers to FAQ regarding updated revenue payments

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) recently received confirmation from the federal government that it could implement the new gaming revenue sharing plan for tribal members that leaders approved last November. With that, the CTUIR made its second quarterly payments to enrolled members on May 20 using the new Gaming Revenue…

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw speaks at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, on Jan. 17, 2023. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and her husband, John Little, have long included their gender pronouns and tribal affiliations in their work email signature blocks. But both received written warnings from the university in March that doing so violated a policy adopted by the South Dakota Board of Regents in December. RYAN PAGELOW | DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Pronouns and tribal affiliations are now forbidden in South Dakota public university employee emails

By MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press A new South Dakota policy to stop the use of gender pronouns by public university faculty and staff in official correspondence is also keeping Native American employees from listing their tribal affiliations in a state with a long and violent history of conflict with tribes. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red…

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation member Weptas Brockie, who serves as the CTUIR Senior Youth Council chairman, speaks during the Salmon Keepers event on May 22 at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Mission. The 16-year-old said restoring salmon to healthy and sustainable runs should be important to Native and non-Native people because they are a keystone species. Also shown are CTUIR Department of Children and Family Service Director Julie Taylor and CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large Corinne Sams. TRAVIS SNELL | CTUIR PHOTO

CTUIR, CRITFC host first-ever Salmon Keepers event

MISSION – In collaboration with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Wednesday, May 22 hosted the first-ever Salmon Keepers dinner at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.  Corinne Sams, CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large and CRITFC chair, said the event highlighted the work CRITFC and its member tribes…

Treaty Day Parade

8 a.m. Gather at BIA parking lot for parade and judging 9 a.m. Parade starts 10 a.m. Veterans Memorial program 11 a.m. Lunch and exhibits at Longhouse 12 p.m. Treaty Day program with Keynote Speaker 1 p.m. Closing prayer

Campgrounds that will open for the holiday weekend include Alder Thicket, Bear Wallow, Big Springs, Bull Prairie Lake, Coalmine Hill, Drift Fence, Driftwood, Divide Well, Fairview, Frazier, Forest Boundary, Gold Dredge, Ladybug, Lane Creek, Midway, North Fork John Day, Oriental, Panjab, Pataha, Penland Lake, Teal Spring, Tollbridge, Tucannon, Umatilla Forks and Welch Creek. ADOBE STOCK PHOTO

Umatilla National Forest prepares for holiday weekend

PENDLETON — Memorial weekend traditionally kicks off summer recreation season on the Umatilla National Forest and many are planning their annual trek to the mountains to enjoy nature. With that in mind, forest visitors are cautioned that not all roads, trails and campgrounds are open, particularly this year with the late season snow. Shaded areas and cut banks on roads…

Sisters Lisa Faye and Abigayle McIntosh ask Sen. Merkley about what the federal government was doing to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people and support their families. CHRIS AADLAND | CUJ PHOTO

Oregon senator holds town hall on reservation

By CHRIS AADLAND MISSION – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) leaders and community members told Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley about their priorities and concerns during a Sunday town hall May 19. The CTUIR hosted the event for Merkley, who plays a key role in allocating federal dollars for Indian Country in the Senate, at the Nixyaawíí…

From left to right, Clifford Stanger, Lindsey Watchman and David Wolf lead the presentation of the colors during the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s observance of Flag Day, May 20, outside Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. LEE GAVIN | CTUIR PHOTO

CTUIR observes Flag Day

By CHRIS AADLAND MISSION – Dozens of community members gathered Monday morning to recognize the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) holiday recognizing the tribal flag. The annual event – the only holiday the tribe recognizes that isn’t shared by anyone else – was held outside Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center this year. About 70 attendees heard remarks about…