Umatilla Tribes Purchase Hamley’s Businesses

Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has purchased Hamley’s restaurant, coffee shop and store at auction. In accordance with a U.S. Bankruptcy order, signed by Judge Trish Brown, an auction was conducted at the law office of Black Helternine in Portland, Oregon. “The Tribes have a long and storied history with the Hamley family and businesses that have spanned over five generations,” said Gary Burke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, “we are pleased to keep this business in local hands.”Day-to-day operations of the Hamley’s business will be led by Wildhorse Resort & Casino. “We look forward to continuing operations and bringing our extensive business skills to bear,” said Gary George, Chief Executive Officer of Wildhorse, “Hamley is a western icon and will continue to provide a service to the community for years to come.”The Hamley’s family founded the business in 1905. Tribal members of the CTUIR along with surrounding tribes have shopped for clothing, tack and saddle from the opening. Many tribal members have great respect for the family and their sponsorship of tribal events in past years and look forward to carrying on this western tradition. The Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes have engaged in commerce and trade since time immemorial and this purchase is an extension of their history of a strong business acumen.The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Tribal Court Stipulates to Settlement between BOT and Sally Kosey

Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Tribal Court stipulated to a settlement agreement between several named members of the Board of Trustees and Ms. Sally Kosey for her return to the At-Large seat she was elected to in November, 2017.  Tribal Court heard arguments on October 1, 2019 regarding the Board of Trustee’s action to vacate Ms. Kosey’s seat on August 5, 2019.  On that same day, Tribal Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order that restrained the Board of Trustees from acting any further on this matter and to reseat Ms. Kosey. The settlement agreement approved by the Tribal Court now makes the complaint Ms. Kosey filed moot. The complaint will be dismissed within five business days of December 4, 2019 when a newly elected Board of Trustees is sworn in and seated.  The settlement agreement stipulates no admission of wrongdoing by the Board of Trustees, employees or its agent. In addition, neither party may untruthfully disparage each other in public, social media or otherwise. These actions bring a conclusion to the events of the past several months.  “It is the goal of the Board of Trustees to act as one body,” said Tribal Chairman Gary Burke, “with the reseating of Ms. Kosey we are again one body committed to serving our Tribal members.” The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945.  In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

CTUIR Communications Department wins multiple NAJA awards.

July 12, 2019 – The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) will present more than 250 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country during the 2019 National Native Media Conference during the awards banquet at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minn., Sept.18.The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. NAJA received more than 600 entries across multiple categories and divisions.The Communications Department of the Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) are not new to the ranks of NAJA awardees. The Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ) led by Publisher Chuck Sams, Editor Wil Phinney, Reporter Jill-Marie Gavin and Photographer Dallas Dick have brought home multiple awards in years prior, recognizing print excellence within the vested monthly publication. In September the CUJ will be bringing home fourteen awards total. This year was a first for KCUW-LP Pendleton to submit pieces for consideration showcasing their work in digital reporting. Both Jiselle Halfmoon and Jill-Marie Gavin won second place for two of KCUW’s three entries.

Notice of Proposed Changes to 2019-2020 Treaty Big Game Hunting Regulations for Public Comment

July 1, 2019 – Pursuant to authorities outlined in Section 2.06 and 2.07 of the Fish and Wildlife code of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission opens the 30 day comment period on proposed changes to the treaty hunting regulations for 2019-20. The proposed changes include the addition of a season and bag limit for Moose. At the end of the 30-day comment period, the Commission may adopt the proposed changes, adopt as modified in response to comments or suspend the changes. The full Treaty Hunting Synopsis may be found on the CTUIR Web site.Proposed changes are as follows:Addition of Moose hunting season and bag limits as follows:· Season: August 1 – December 31· Bag Limit: One bull moose· Harvest reporting within 72 hours. · NOTE: Blue Mountains of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon remains closed to support the establishment of viable populations.


CTUIR Water Rights

July 16th, 2019 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation held an Open House for Tribal members to come and learn about the current efforts and progress to obtain the Umatilla River Basin Water Rights for the present and future generations to come.

The CTUIR’s Negotiation Team which consist of Board of Trustees Chairman, the Department of Natural Resources Director, Tribal attorney, and Tribal Consultant with Stetsons Engineer, has been in a negotiations settlement agreement for the Umatilla River Water Rights Trade with the Irrigations Districts, Ditch Companies, Small Farms, the Federal Government, and the State of Oregon.


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On Tuesday, October 22nd, Charles Wood III stopped by the KCUW Studios and spoke about his newly release album “Honest to you.” Charles is a singer/composer of the Cree Style Round Dance and Powwow music!