Board of Trustees Declares End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

October 15, 2021 – The Board of Trustees, the elected leaders for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, today approved a resolution to end the Public Health Emergency declaration on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The primary effects of this resolution are to dissolve the current Incident Command Team that had been formed to respond to the outbreak of cases that arose through the latter part of the month of September and to revoke the Order that restricted gathering sizes and implemented capacity limits at facilities on the Reservation. The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end at 4:00 pm today.


Daily COVID-19 positive cases among the population served by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center spiked to a high of 26 cases in one day on September 23. This was the highest single day total of positive cases on the Umatilla Indian Reservation since the pandemic began. By September 28, there were a total of 98 active cases of COVID-19 among the Yellowhawk service population, which is the record high for total active cases that the CTUIR has seen since the pandemic began. The Board of Trustees declared the Public Health Emergency on September 24, formed the ICT, implemented the Order to limit gatherings and restrict capacity at tribal facilities, and Yellowhawk ramped up testing with support from the Oregon Health Authority. The CTUIR government administration also provided staff support to assist Yellowhawk staff with the response to the surge in cases.

On October 14, Yellowhawk reported only one new case of COVID-19 and the cumulative total of active cases had dipped to 26.

Despite the end of the official Public Health Emergency, there remains an elevated risk of spread of COVID-19 and good health and safety practices like physical distancing and thorough, frequent hand washing are still critical. Management of each tribal entity including Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Cayuse Holdings, Nixyaawii Community Financial Services and the Nixyaawii Governance Center will be responsible for issuing safety standards for each facility. Additionally, the Board of Trustees Order on mandatory mask use remains in effect for all public indoor settings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation until further notice.


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 signed in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Prescribed burns and agricultural burns are allowed on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) beginning September 27, 2021

Mission, OR – While the burn ban remains in effect on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, agricultural burns and prescribed (“Rx”) burns managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Forestry program and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Wildland Fire program will begin this week in designated locations.

To repeat, the burn ban remains in effect and so open burning is still not allowed, and this includes trash in burning barrels and yard debris. The use of fireworks and exploding targets and tracers are still prohibited during the burn ban as well. The burn ban on the UIR will be in effect until the fire season has ended.

Sweathouse and ceremonial fires are exempt from the ban, but in an effort to monitor sweat house and ceremonial fires, a verbal burn permit must be obtained from the Umatilla Tribal Dispatch at 541-278-0550 pending verbal approval of the UTFD.

The Public Use Restrictions for the Umatilla Indian Reservation that went into effect on August 25, 2021 are being lifted. This means that the following activities are allowed:

• Open fire at the Indian Lake campgrounds in designated fire pits only

• Non-industrial cutting, grinding, and welding with fire extinguisher, hand tools and water (water extinguisher, water source with pump (well) is allowed

• Non-industrial mowing is allowed, but please use extreme caution while doing so.

• Non-industrial wood cutting is allowed, but please use extreme caution while doing so.

If you need additional information regarding the burn permit process, call the Office of Air Quality at (541) 429-7080. The Office of Air Quality is responsible for issuing permits for burn activities on the Reservation and for determination of burn days.

Open Burning on Reservation Allowed as of October 8th

October 7, 2021 – Open burning is once again allowed on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as the burn ban ended effective Friday, October 8, 2021. All other Public Use Restrictions are now lifted and allowed.

CTUIR Burn permit applications for the Umatilla Indian Reservation may be obtained from the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Air Quality at: 541-429-7080 (follow prompts) or email: oaq@ctuir.org. Burn day notices are usually updated by 9am on the Office of Air Quality main number listed above.

If you need additional information regarding agricultural/forestry prescribed (Rx) burns, and or other types of burning or air quality questions please call Caleb Minthorn in the Office of Air Quality: at 541-969-3151.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES STATEMENT TO CTUIR TRIBAL MEMBERS REGARDING THE PENDLETON ROUND-UP & HAPPY CANYON

September 10, 2021 – The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has been monitoring local public health conditions related to COVID-19 and have had discussions with the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Board of Directors regarding safety mitigation plans for the events and activities involving tribal participation during Round-Up week.

Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon are not events the CTUIR has the responsibility to produce nor the authority to cancel.

The Board of Trustees has issued recommendations to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Board of Directors that the Board of Trustees believe would enable tribal participation to occur in the safest form possible.

The Board of Trustees wants CTUIR Tribal Members to continue to practice COVID-19 safety guidance and recommendations that are in place. Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and often, social distance whenever possible, and wear a mask.


The Board of Trustees realizes that some people will not feel comfortable participating or attending Round-Up events this year and that there are also people who are looking forward to Round-Up and are eager to participate. This is a personal choice. However, personal choices have the potential to cause repercussions for entire communities, so we again ask everyone to take safety precautions this year during Round-Up and please take into consideration the health and safety of your friends, families, and loved ones and be respectful for fellow community members as you decide whether or how to participate this year.

Thank you.

CTUIR Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Reinstates Public Health Emergency on Umatilla Indian Reservation Due to Spike in COVID Cases

September 24, 2021 – The Board of Trustees, the elected body of leaders for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has unanimously approved a resolution to once again declare a Public Health Emergency on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This is due to the fact that the population served by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is experiencing a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases. At least seventy-two positive cases have been recorded this week at Yellowhawk as of noon today.

“This emergency declaration is needed to help protect our community.  We knew that a surge in positive COVID-19 cases was possible following the Pendleton Round-Up.  What we’ve seen from this past week is that the cases have spiked quickly,” noted Aaron Hines, Interim CEO of Yellowhawk.  “The Incident Command Team will work diligently to implement measures that protect our families, friends, co-workers, and community-at-large.  However, it’s also incumbent of all of us as individuals to do our part.  Please make sure you’re heeding the safety recommendations.  Wear a mask, social distance and get tested when necessary.  Please consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  We’re currently at a 47% vaccination rate.  Our goal is to reach 70%,” Hines added. 

The declaration of a Public Health Emergency on the Umatilla Indian Reservation has numerous effects, including activating the CTUIR’s Emergency Operations Plan and the formation of an Incident Command Team to rapidly respond to the emergency to protect the public. The Incident Command Team will be led by Yellowhawk as the Public Health Authority on the Reservation, and will also consist of the Office of the Executive Director, the Chief Executive Officers for Wildhorse Resort and Casino, Nixyaawii Community Financial Services, Cayuse Holdings, and the Chair, Treasurer, and General Council Chairman for the Board of Trustees. The resolution declaring the public health emergency also authorizes Yellowhawk to engage the federal government, particularly the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in order to request resources or waive or modify certain federal funding requirements related to health insurance, the use of federal property, and the temporary reassignment of federally-funded Tribal personnel in order to address the emergency situation.

The Incident Command Team will begin to meet immediately to determine the further steps that are necessary in order to stem the increase in cases and protect members of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and surrounding community. Reporting on the deliberations of the Incident Command Team will be conveyed to the full Board of Trustees and meetings will be recorded.

Until the Incident Command Team issues further guidance, please continue to thoroughly wash your hands often, maintain physical distance from people from outside your household and wear your mask. Finally, if you have not yet gotten vaccinated, please consider doing so with any of the three widely available, effective, and safe options (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson and Johnson).

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 signed in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Umatilla Tribal Fire Department Public Announcement

August 31, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is applying for the “Indian Community Block Grant-American Response Plan (ICDBG-APR) grant for the year 2021. It is a continuation of last year’s grant which was approved and summited on time, but because of a lack of funding did not get rewarded. CTUIR’s 2021 ICDBG-APR grant is on a “Priority One list” through the Office of Native American Programs / Housing and Urban Development (ONAP-HUD)

The purpose of the ICDBG-APR grant is to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The activities planned for the funds are:

1. Purchase of an ambulance to respond to COVID-19 patents and all other emergency medical services. Replacing an ambulance that is no longer acceptable as a licensed ambulance due to age.

2. Purchase of an ALS (Advance Life Support) engine to respond to the potential “All Hazards” on and near the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR), including COVID-19 patients. It will be replacing an aging first out engine.

3. Purchase of a rapid response vehicle with ALS and BLS equipment to respond to “All Hazards” including the COVID patient.

4. ALS equipment and all the necessities for an Oregon Health Authority licensed ambulance.

5. Lucas chest compression device, ECG-AED pro unit, rescue tools, and compressed breathing air system. The listed items above are replacement items of aging equipment to assist in responding to the “All Hazards” incidents and a COVID-19 patient.

CTUIR-Umatilla Tribal Fire Department is currently taking questions and comments about our ICDBG-APR grant. If you have any questions or comments please contact James Hall-CTUIR-Umatilla Tribal Fire Department Fire Chief by means listed below or stop by the UTFD between the hours of 7:30-4:00 pm M-F non holidays.

Written comments send to: 46411 Timine Way Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

E-mail at: jameshall@ctuir.org Office phone-541 429-7802 UTFD station phone-541 276-2126

Board of Trustees Public Statement

September 1, 2021 – “This week, the Board of Trustees approved an Order mandating all employees of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, the Education Department and all COVID-19 screeners to become fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021. To lead by example, all CTUIR Board of Trustee members and officers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This Order comes after careful consideration of our ability to carry out tribal government and health care services to the community, and the continued hardship on the CTUIR.

Currently hospitals in the state of Oregon and the surrounding counties are reaching capacity. Newly infected people suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 that require respiratory therapy are being transported to other states for COVID-19 emergency care. We are facing shortages in medical care capacities, equipment and protections.

The medical and health care fields are reporting service disruptions and delays that result from employees required to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposures. These services are vital to the CTUIR community and we must preserve the CTUIR capacity to provide such services. In the meantime our children, elders and tribal families continue to become infected with COVID-19 and its Delta variant.

The spread of COVID-19 remains a hardship on our tribal way of life and to our tribal people and employees. Statistically, tribal people are at a disproportionate higher risk of serious illness and death when infected with COVID-19. This summer, our community suffered a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths. As a community, we need to remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 in order to be as safe as safe as possible. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance to the best of your ability.

Stay safe and healthy.”- CTUIR Board of Trustees

Land Ownership Consolidation Program Returns to CTUIR

August 13, 2021 – The Land Buy Back Program has returned to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and is now offering eligible landowners a third opportunity to participate in the land ownership consolidation program. The Program will be based upon the availability of funds remaining and offers were mailed to landowners in late July 2021.

Because of the success of the Program in 2015, and in 2018, more than 16,836 acres of land were purchased. However, much work remains to be done to consolidate CTUIR ownership and control of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which is ranked as the 28th most fractionated Indian reservation in the country.

The Land Buy Back Program provides landowners the opportunity to sell ownership at Fair Market Value. Willing seller shall review their packets completely, make informed decision on which allotments they wish to sale or retain, complete packet by having a notary witnessed your signature, return packet in the pre-paid mailing envelop by September 24, 2021. Please allow up to 60 days for process and payment to be made.  The LBBP acceptance of returned offers are contingent on availability of Funds.

Once complete, the ownership then goes back to CTUIR and helps to clarify tribal jurisdiction and management associated with highly fractionated land interests.

The CTUIR Tribal Land Program staff remain committed to land buy back efforts and are prepared for this third, and perhaps final, round of the program. The Cobell Settlement, which the program is based on, required that all Land Buy Back Program funds had to be spent in ten years, which concludes in November 2022.

Participation in the Umatilla LBBP land consolidation is voluntary. Allotment landowners interested in the Program and those who would like to inquire about their ownership status are strongly encouraged to make sure their contact information is up to date by calling the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 or by emailing to tbccmail@btfa.gov. For additional information from the CTUIR, contact Kelly L. George, Land Acquisition Coordinator 541-429-7483, kellygeorge@ctuir.org or Koko Hufford, Land Manager, 541-429-7476, kokohufford@ctuir.org. 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 signed in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Tribal Government Modifying Public Use Restrictions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Reopening Off-Reservation Properties with Limitations

August 25, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is reducing Public Use Restrictions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation for this fire season due to the cooler weather and slight but significant decrease in the threat of fire on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In addition, the CTUIR is reopening Rainwater Wildlife Area and other off-reservation properties with some land use restrictions continuing to be in place.

Changes to the Public Use Restrictions for the Umatilla Indian Reservation starting August 25, 2021 will now allow:

  • Open fire at the Indian Lake campgrounds in designated fire pits only 
  • Non-industrial cutting, grinding, and welding with fire extinguisher, hand tools and water (water extinguisher, water source with pump (well) between the hours of daylight and 2pm
  • Non-industrial mowing with fire extinguisher, hand tools and water between the hours of daylight and 2pm
  • Non-industrial wood cutting with fire extinguisher, hand tools and water between the hours of daylight and 2pm with 1 hour fire watch

All other restrictions previously implemented and not listed above are still in place for the 2021 Fire Season on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

With the onset of hunting season tribal hunters are inquiring about access to the Rainwater Wildlife Area behind the main gate. CTUIR is reopening Rainwater and other off-reservation properties, but some land use restrictions remain in place.

Prohibited activities for tribally-owned off-reservation properties include:

  • All open fires, including campfires, cooking pits, and warming fires
  • Use of fireworks
  • Use of exploding target and tracer ammunition
  • Use of motor vehicles on dry grass areas
  • Non-industrial cutting, grinding, and welding in dry grass areas
  • Non-industrial/agricultural mowing of dried, cured grass with brush hog type equipment
  • Non-industrial chainsaw use in forested and dry grass lands

Ceremonial burns, including sweathouses, are allowed, but please contact Tribal Dispatch (541-278-0550) for a verbal permit based on weather conditions and fire resource availability.

Please use extreme caution when shooting full metal jacket ammunition because of the potential for sparks on solid surfaces. Umatilla Tribal Police will continue to monitor for potential violations of these restrictions and violators will first be given warnings and provided information about the serious risk of wildfires during this fire season. Repeat violators could be cited to Tribal Court for potential fines. If an individual is responsible for causing a catastrophic fire, criminal sanctions could be pursued under Tribal or Federal law.

Temporary Land Use Restrictions Being Implemented on Umatilla Indian Reservation Due to Fire Risk  

July 23, 2021 – Given the current fire danger on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, restrictions have been put in place on the lands protected by the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department (UTFD).

Continued hot weather coupled with drought-like conditions have increased concerns of potential large growth fires. UTFD and local fire suppression officials have indicated that, given the level of risk of wildland fire and the lack of available outside resources to respond should a large fire occur on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, drastic measures are needed to mitigate the risk of wildfire.

To limit the possibility of human-caused fires, the UTFD has established public use restrictions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. These public use restrictions go into effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

Prohibited activities include:

  • All open fires, including campfires, cooking pits, and warming fires
  • Use of fireworks
  • Use of exploding target and tracer ammunition
  • Use of off-road vehicles on dry grass areas
  • Non-industrial cutting, grinding, and welding in dry grass areas
  • Non-industrial/agricultural mowing of dried, cured grass with brush hog type equipment
  • Non-industrial chainsaw use in forested and dry grass lands

Ceremonial burns, including sweathouses, are allowed, but please contact Tribal Dispatch (541-278-0550) for a verbal permit based on weather conditions and fire resource availability.

Please use extreme caution when shooting full metal jacket ammunition because of the potential for sparks on solid surfaces.

Industrial uses are still allowed but require firefighting equipment to be on hand, including water tank vehicles with pump, portable fire extinguishers, and hand tools. Umatilla Tribal Police will be monitoring for potential violations of these restrictions and violators will first be given warnings and provided information about the serious risk of wildfires during this fire season. Repeat violators could be cited to Tribal Court for potential fines. If an individual is responsible for causing a catastrophic fire, criminal sanctions could be pursued under Tribal or Federal law.

Board of Trustees Mandating Mask Use in All Public Indoor Settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation

August 12, 2021 – The Board of Trustees is following the recommendation of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as the public health authority for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and has approved a resolution to mandate mask use in all public indoor settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The indoor mask order will go into effect at 12:01am on Friday, August 13, 2021.

The recommendation from Yellowhawk aligns with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority.  Under the resolution approved by the Board of Trustees, everyone is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

“The highly contagious Delta variant is spreading quickly among our community members within the boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as it is throughout Umatilla County and much of the State of Oregon,” noted Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees.  “We are currently seeing the highest positive testing numbers that we’ve had since the pandemic started in early 2020.  We want our community to be able to go to events and functions, but we highly recommend that you protect yourself and your community by continuing to wear a mask and socially distance as COVID-19 is spreading in our community,” Chair Brigham added.

As additional safety precautions, CTUIR leadership asks everyone to limit gatherings to those within your immediate household. However, if you do gather with people other than those in your household, please do so outside and maintain physical or social distancing.  If you are with people from a different household and distancing is not possible, we highly recommend that you wear a mask even while outdoors. Lastly, if you are sick even with very mild symptoms, please stay home.  Under CDC guidelines, if you have been vaccinated and you have come into contact with an individual who is known to have tested positive, you do not have to quarantine. However, you should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested if you start to develop symptoms or feel sick. Finally, if you have not yet been vaccinated, please consider getting vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and loved ones, and the community at large. All of the vaccines available are safe and highly effective in protecting against severe illness and death from COVID-19.

Board of Trustees appoints new Interim Executive Director

July 15, 2021 – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has appointed Teara Farrow Ferman, Department of Natural Resource Cultural Resources Protection Program (CRPP) Manager, as Interim Executive Director effective at 4pm on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Mrs. Farrow Ferman will replace Paul Rabb, who will be returning to his role as CTUIR’s Finance Director.

“Teara’s commitment to the Tribes’ cultural values, years of service and ability to collaborate were important attributes we considered when appointing her as Interim Executive Director,” said Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham. “We look forward to working with her to advance CTUIR goals as we continue to seek a permanent employee for the position.”

Farrow Ferman has served for 16 years as the CRPP Manager and over 24 years with the CTUIR. As CRPP Manager, she has worked to protect cultural and archaeological resources, historic properties of religious and cultural significance to the CTUIR, sacred sites of the CTUIR throughout its aboriginal use lands, repatriate thousands of our ancestral remains, and successfully manages Ataw LLC, a small cultural resources services business enterprise of the CTUIR.

The nationwide search for a permanent Executive Director is ongoing.

Board of Trustees Authorizes Closure of Off-Reservation Tribal Properties Due to Extreme Risk of Wildfire

July 16, 2021 – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has approved the closure of a number of off-reservation properties owned by the CTUIR in order to protect people, structures, and land by reducing the risk of catastrophic fire events that could occur from human causes. The closure applies to the Rainwater, Wanaket, McCoy Meadows, and Looking Glass properties and prohibits public access to these properties.

Extraordinary conditions are accumulating at a point that is still early in the season, beginning with very little spring precipitation, record breaking heat, low relative humidity, and tinder-dry fuels.  These factors are coming together to create an incredibly dangerous fire season. With large fires already burning throughout many areas of the West, fire protection and firefighting resources are extremely limited.

For these reasons it is critical to enact these closures of CTUIR off-reservation properties and for everyone to exercise the utmost caution when engaging in outdoor activities.

CTUIR COVID-19 guidelines released

July 2, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has released COVID-19 guidelines for the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) effective July 1, 2021.

Guidelines are as follows:

MASK USE

  • Mask use will no longer be needed in most settings.
  • Public Transit, Health Care facilities should continue to have masking policies in place.
  • Persons that are high risk are recommended to continue to use a mask in large crowds and in situations where they cannot socially distance themselves.

SOCIAL & AT HOME GATHERINGS

  • No limits on the number of persons attending social or at home gatherings.
  • Persons hosting gatherings will have the facilities for guests to practice good hand hygiene. Hosts will need to instruct persons that are ill or may have been exposed to stay home. Hosts will encourage persons that are high risk to wear a mask.

RESTAURANTS & SENIOR CENTER

  • Indoor dining allowed with 100% occupancy.
  • Senior Center allowed with 100% occupancy.  This is also addressing the emergency guidance for Senior Centers to provide services as a “cooling” station.
  • Encourage high risk patrons to wear a mask. Staff should wear a mask if unvaccinated. Vaccinated staff may be able to go without a mask.

EDUCATION, DAYCARE & SUMMER PROGRAMS

  • The following orders will be rescinded: Executive Order 21-06 (K-12 Schools), Executive Order 20-28 (Higher Education), and Executive Order 20-19 (Childcare Facilities).
  • Education, Daycare and Summer Programs should follow the ODE guidelines.
  • Education, Daycare and Summer Programs should have a communicable disease management plan in place. Staff will be trained in this plan and know

Management of each tribal entity including Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Cayuse Holdings and the Nixyaawii Governance Center will be responsible for issuing safety standards for each facility.

CTUIR receives $25,000 grant for Tribal Broadband Project

July 13, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) received a $25,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. The award will support the CTUIR Tribal Broadband Project by providing funding for a fixed based wireless system on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The funding will help with the construction costs cost for two wireless towers which will connect to the CTUIR fiber optic network system. In addition, the CTUIR will have an operational fixed base wireless system to serve residences in the Tutuilla area.

“Reliable internet has always been a goal of the Tribe. Building out this infrastructure is important for all of our reservation,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees “The pandemic helped us realize it is a vital utility and should be available to everyone.”

In 2020, Tribes installed more than seven miles of buried fiber optic cable in the initial phase of the Tribal Broadband Project on the reservation. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the CTUIR a 2.5 GHz (gigahertz) spectrum license which allows for the operation of a licensed fixed base wireless system.

This spring, the Tribe filed an application with the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and was awarded more than a thousand IP addresses and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) number, which will allow the Tribes to operate as an independent ISP on the Reservation. 

The Department of Economic and Community Development is responsible for the Tribal Broadband project and will manage the new grant. The grant comes from the Building Digital Technology Capacity in Native American Communities Project. For more information visit: https://www.firstnations.org.

Open burn ban begins June 18 on Umatilla Indian Reservation

June 4, 2019 – Open burning, including burning trash in barrels and burning yard debris, will be prohibited on the Umatilla Indian Reservation beginning June 18th. The burn ban will be in effect until fire season is terminated in the fall.

Sweathouse and ceremonial fires are exempt from the ban, but in an effort to monitor sweathouse and ceremonial fires, a verbal burn permit must be obtained from the Umatilla Tribal Dispatch at (541)278-0550 and must also be done on specified burn days.

If you need additional information regarding agricultural or other types of burning or air quality you may call the Office of Air Quality at (541)429-7080. The Office of Air Quality is responsible for burn permits and determination of burning activities.

Fireworks are prohibited on Umatilla Indian Reservation

July 1, 2021 – The Umatilla Tribal Fire Department (UTFD) has issued a reminder that fireworks are prohibited on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR).

“We have been operating under a burn ban since June 18. Right now, the risk of fire caused by fireworks is at an all-time high,” said Fire Chief James Hall. “We need to do everything possible to reduce the threat of fire. Tell your kids. Tell your neighbors.”

Fireworks are prohibited in the CTUIR-Criminal Code:

SECTION 4.162. FIREWORKS PROHIBITED No person shall sell, manufacture, keep, or offer for sale, expose for sale, use, explode or have exploded any fireworks on the Umatilla Indian Reservation except as follows: A. Sale to or use of fireworks by a person or organization authorized by the Board of Trustees for a supervised public display; B. Sale of shells cartridges, gunpowder, or explosives for use in legally permitted firearms

Fireworks are defined in the CTUIR-Criminal Code as “any combustible or explosive composition or substance, or any combination of such composition or substance which was prepared for the purpose of providing visible or audible effects by combustion, explosion, or detonation, including but not limited to firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels colored fires, fountains, mines serpents or any other article of like construction, or any article containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound.”

Firework like devices not included are sparklers, cap guns, snakes or similar smoke-producing materials containing no more than 100 grains of combustible substances.

Japanese Knotweed found on the Umatilla Indian Reservation

May 14, 2021 – CTUIR staff recently found, on the Umatilla River above Cayuse, a plant that was confirmed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to be Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese knotweed forms dense stands that will completely take over the riparian area and it is second in invasiveness only to Himalayan Blackberry in our riparian areas. Even root fragments of Japanese Knotweed will form new plants. To protect and restore the quality of our floodplain habitats and the water and foods they provide, it is very important we try to eradicate it as soon as possible.

We need everyone’s assistance in looking out for it. If you think you see it, please mark it if you can, and let Tribal staff know the location as soon as practical.

We do NOT want people trying to eradicate the plant on their own, but instead please inform DNR staff where you have found it, and staff can address and document control appropriately.

Please contact one of the following staff members if you have information:

Cheryl Shippentower, Restoration Ecologist cherylshippentower@ctuir.org Phone: 541-429-7239

Robert Floyd, Rangeland Management Specialist robertfloyd@ctuir.org Phone: 541-429-7258

Gordy Schumacher, Range/Ag & Forestry Program Manager gordyschumacher@ctuir.org Phone: 541-429-7238

You can also leave a message at DNR Reception: 541-276-3447.

Thank you for your assistance!

Public Health Announcement

May 20, 2021 – Masks continue to be required in all tribal government offices and retail and restaurant establishments on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and in tribally owned off-reservation entities. The basis for the continuation of this guidance is twofold.

First, there is no efficient and reliable method for determining whether a person has been vaccinated. Many people have vaccination cards that can be presented to demonstrate that a person has been vaccinated on a given date and location, but the CTUIR Board of Trustees and the Incident Command Team will not place the burden on our employees to verify if patrons, co-workers, or clients are vaccinated.

Second, unvaccinated individuals remain highly vulnerable to transmission of the coronavirus. The goal of the CTUIR is to protect all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, tribal and non-tribal, who reside, work, or patronize the businesses and services available within our jurisdiction. Face coverings are a simple method to ensure the protection of everyone, but especially the most vulnerable among us.

Finally, it is graduation season and the CTUIR Board of Trustees and Incident Command Team strongly encourages that social gatherings remain limited in group size and be held outdoors. Outdoor gatherings are highly preferred to indoor gatherings. Any event or gathering that is held, whether in a private social setting or as part of a larger organized event such as prom or graduation, should observe the masking and social distancing requirements that indoor events necessitate.

On May 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated (“fully vaccinated” meaning two weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Modern vaccines or the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine). This new guidance from the CDC states that fully vaccinated individuals are able to resume normal activities without the use of a mask. However, the CDC guidance clearly states that it does not override “federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Because of the recent surge in cases affecting our tribal families, the CTUIR intends to remain extremely cautious over the next few weeks before considering whether to ease mask requirements.

Alarming Surge in COVID Cases Arises on Umatilla Indian Reservation

May 12, 2021 – After six straight weeks reporting zero COVID-19 cases among Tribal members and Yellowhawk-eligible patients, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation recorded five cases last week, followed by nine cases in a single day on Monday, May 10.These numbers bring the CTUIR to a total of 17 active cases on the Reservation as of data reported on May 12.

Of these 17 cases, 12 are children between the ages of 4 and 18 years old. Each of these children is experiencing or has experienced symptoms of COVID-19. There is also currently one adult patient hospitalized due to COVID-19. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center staff is conducting contact tracing and reaching out to families and known contacts of those who have tested positive. However, Yellowhawk staff have run into some difficulty collecting information from some of those who have been contacted.

“Please provide good information to help Yellowhawk protect the community. We know everyone is tired of dealing with this disease, but we must cooperate and continue to do our part to get out of this emergency” stated Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “People are experiencing a bigger range of symptoms so it makes getting vaccinated even more urgent.”

The known positive cases at this point appear to have occurred among school-age children who were in the same classrooms or rode the same school buses. However, social gatherings are also primary drivers of community spread of COVID-19. CTUIR Incident Command restrictions remain in place to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people from no more than two households outdoors, or eight people from no more than two households indoors.

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. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution and federal law.

CTUIR schedules rapid response COVID-19 vaccine clinic to 12-18 year olds

May 12, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have scheduled a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic to serve 12-18 year olds who are CTUIR tribal members and/or Yellowhawk eligible patients. The clinic will take place Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

People can call 541-240-8733 to make an appointment for Saturday. Due to increased volume, callers may get a recording and are asked to leave their name and contact number so that schedulers can return calls.

“The virus is spreading among our youth and we need to respond immediately,” said Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO. “We want our students to be able to go to graduation, prom and continue with sports. Now that 12-15 year olds are eligible we want to deliver the vaccine to them as soon as possible.”

There will be a drive-through only option for students who are in quarantine due to exposure to someone who is positive. Yellowhawk will schedule a second vaccination event on June 5 to provide second doses to the 12-18 year olds.

Community members are encouraged to continue to follow safety protocols by washing hands frequently, socially distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

The ceded territory of the CTUIR encompasses the 6.4 million acres upon which the Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Cayuse people relinquished sole occupancy and use rights in the Treaty of 1855 with the United States. The CTUIR reserved other use and access rights for hunting, fishing, gathering, and traditional purposes throughout the ceded territory.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is the Public Health Authority for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Land Ownership Consolidation Program to Return to CTUIR

April 21, 2021 – The Land Buy Back Program will soon return to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), offering eligible landowners a third opportunity to participate in the land ownership consolidation program. The Program will be based upon the availability of funds remaining and will tentatively mail offers to landowners during the summer of 2021.

Because of the success of the Program in 2015, and in 2018, more than 16,836 acres of land were purchased. However, much work remains to be done to consolidate CTUIR ownership and control of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which is ranked as the 28th most fractionated Indian reservation in the country.

The Land Buy Back Program provides landowners the opportunity to sell ownership at Fair Market Value. Once complete, the ownership then goes back to CTUIR and helps to clarify tribal jurisdiction and management associated with highly fractionated land interests.

The CTUIR Tribal Land Program staff remain committed to land buy back efforts and are prepared for this third, and perhaps final, round of the program. The Cobell Settlement, which the program is based on, required that all Land Buy Back Program funds had to be spent in ten years, which concludes in November 2022.

Participation in the Umatilla LBBP land consolidation is voluntary. At this time, limited information is available regarding who may receive offers. Allotment landowners interested in the Program and those who would like to inquire about their ownership status are strongly encouraged to make sure their contact information is up to date by calling the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 or by emailing to tbccmail@btfa.gov. For additional information from the CTUIR, contact Kelly L. George, Land Acquisition Coordinator 541-429-7483, kellygeorge@ctuir.org or Koko Hufford, Land Manager, 541-429-7476, kokohufford@ctuir.org. 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 signed in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Board of Trustees Approves Removal of a Policy Barrier to Accessing Tribal Housing Units

May 4, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have approved changes to the Housing Department’s Drug Elimination Policy, making it easier for potential residents who test positive for marijuana to obtain tribal housing.

Under the policy changes, applicants are still required to take a mandatory drug test for screening purposes as part of the housing application process. However, an applicant over the age of 21 who returns a positive drug test only for marijuana during screening will not be deemed ineligible and will still be forwarded as an eligible applicant.

The change, which has no effect on the legality of marijuana on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (possession and use remains a criminal offense under both tribal and federal law), is intended to recognize that medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is legal within the States of Oregon and Washington. Therefore this change acknowledges that applicants for tribal housing might have legally consumed products containing the controlled substance THC (the active substance in marijuana) prior to the submission of an application for housing. THC can remain in the body for weeks or even a month or more after last use, depending on a person’s metabolism and rate and pattern of consumption, so a positive test is not indicative of when a person last used marijuana.   

The Housing Department continues to maintain a drug-free policy for residents, so evidence of use or possession of illegal drugs, as defined under federal or tribal law, remains subject to investigation for evidence of criminal activity under federal or tribal law. The policy change only applies to positive tests for marijuana as part of the housing applicant screening process. 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 signed in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution and federal law.

CTUIR to vaccinate BMCC students & staff, countywide high school students and others

March 31, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will provide the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to 1,755 people thanks to a new supply from the Indian Health Service (IHS).

“When IHS offered to provide us with additional doses, we jumped at the chance,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees. “We asked the National Guard if they would once again step up and they didn’t hesitate to say yes. The fastest way to rebuild our economy and stop the fourth wave is to vaccinate more people. We are all in this together.”

All Blue Mountain Community College staff and students and all 16 year old and older high school students and school employees in Umatilla County are eligible to be vaccinated. In addition, employees of Pendleton restaurants, food trucks and grocery stores are eligible.

Groups that were previously eligible can also sign up including CTUIR Tribal members, employees and family members of employees of CTUIR entities, all Umatilla Indian Reservation residents over age 16 and Yellowhawk-eligible patients.

Appointments can be made by calling the vaccine appointment hotline at: 541-240-8733 or by registering online at https://airtable.com/shrb74wCvIR6fnNJR.

“This is a huge step to get us back into classrooms at BMCC,” said Megan Van Pelt, President of the BMCC Associated Student Government and enrolled CTUIR member. “I hope all of my fellow students will sign up today.”

The two-dose shot sequence will begin with appointments on April 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with booster shots administered on May 3 and 4 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

The Oregon National Guard will deploy area Guard members to administer the vaccines as they have done in past vaccination clinics with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.  In addition to scheduling an appointment, students need to bring proof of enrollment to their appointment. BMCC students should bring a copy of their term schedule from the CNS portal and high school students should bring their school ID.

CTUIR opens COVID-19 vaccine clinic to 11 counties across ceded territory

April 12, 2021 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has opened their two-day mass vaccination event to any resident (16 and over) who resides in the 11 counties that span the CTUIR ceded territory.

The 11 counties include Benton, Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties in Washington and Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Baker, and Malheur counties in Oregon. Residents of all 11 counties are eligible to participate.

The mass vaccination event is taking place today, Monday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. People can walk in for an appointment or register online at https://airtable.com/shrb74wCvIR6fnNJR – the link and a QR code can also be found on the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Facebook page. For more information or to register by phone, people can call 541-240-8733.

“We have more than 1,700 first doses to provide but as of this morning only 600 appointments are filled,” said Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO. “We are eager to support our surrounding counties and get more people in the door.”

The National Guard will be on hand to administer the vaccine along with staff from Yellowhawk. Appointments for second dose will be made via email after people receive their first dose this week. The second dose will be provided approximately 21 days later.

Yellowhawk will be scheduling another mass vaccination event in May to provide first doses to an additional 2,000 people. All residents in the 11 counties will be eligible for that event as well.

The ceded territory of the CTUIR encompasses the 6.4 million acres upon which the Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Cayuse people relinquished sole occupancy and use rights in the Treaty of 1855 with the United States. The CTUIR reserved other use and access rights for hunting, fishing, gathering, and traditional purposes throughout the ceded territory. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is the Public Health Authority for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Board of Trustees appoints new Interim Executive Director

March 8, 2021 – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has named Paul Rabb as the CTUIR’s next Interim Executive Director. The decision came in the wake of Chuck Sams’ resignation following his appointment to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Both the resignation of Mr. Sams and the appointment of Mr. Rabb will be effective at 4pm on Friday, March 12.

“I can’t thank Chuck enough for his service to the Tribe. We are sad to see him go, but happy that he has received such a prestigious appointment from Governor Brown,” said Chair Brigham. “We know that he will work for the benefit of the entire region. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Sams served in the role of Interim Executive Director since the resignation of Ted Wright in November 2020. During that time, Mr. Sams headed the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CTUIR rollout of the vaccine distribution. He has served in a number of executive positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors regionally and nationally over the past 25 years including time as an environmental health and safety officer/planner, Communications Director and Deputy Executive Director for CTUIR.  Mr. Sams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Concordia University and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. 

Rabb has served as CTUIR Finance Director since 2015 and has been employed by the Tribe for 25 years. He served as Commander for the CTUIR Incident Command Team during the February 2020 flood and previously served as Housing Director. Mr. Rabb’s tenure as Finance Director has coincided with a period of marked economic growth by the CTUIR. Rabb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Oregon University.

“Paul has the knowledge and expertise to step right into the role of Interim Executive Director and those are valuable attributes for the continuity that the Board of Trustees wants to maintain right now,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The nationwide search for a permanent Executive Director is ongoing and the Board of Trustees has geared the timeline for selection towards the summer of 2021.

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. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

2021 NAJA/NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project

March 19, 2021 – KCUW’s Lily Sheoships (CTUIR) was selected for NAJA/NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project! This years cohort had a theme of “IN THE TIME OF COVID-19”. It features a a set of audio and digital stories highlighting the experiences of people whose lives have changed dramatically during the pandemic. This week Lily completed her project where she tells the story of Dara Williams-Worden: One woman’s journey to preserve tribal history. Listen & Read below!

Listening to the past: One woman’s journey to preserve tribal history

CTUIR cancels 2021 Basketball Against Alcohol & Drugs (BAAD)

February 8, 2021 – After careful consideration of current pandemic restrictions within the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has announced the annual Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs tournament has been cancelled for 2021. 

“The Tribe has proudly hosted the BAAD tournament for more than 30 years,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees. “We are hopeful we can jumpstart the annual tradition and get the tournament back on track in 2022.”

The CTUIR Education Department, by order of the CTUIR Executive Director, determined the tournament planning should not proceed.

Last year, the 2020 event was cancelled after a 32 year consecutive history. Over the years, the tournament has brought over 600 youth, ages 6 to 18, to the Umatilla Indian Reservation to compete in the week long basketball tournament. 

Updates will be provided to the public when planning begins for the 2022 tournament. 

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.

HOW TO GET YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

February 11, 2021 – During the month of December and into January, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center gave the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers, first responders and CTUIR elders over the age of 55. The clinic is moving into the next phase of vaccinating and is beginning to vaccinate others. Note, the number of vaccines being offered are limited and appointments are scheduled on a first come first served basis.

How is my vaccination appointment scheduled?

Note, the vaccine is not effective without the second dose.  It will be scheduled for approximately 21-days after the first vaccination shot.  The anticipated dates are March 16th & 17th.  You will receive an email to schedule.  Please be available.

Don’t have access to a smart phone or computer?

Call the designated vaccination line (541) 240-8733, leave a message and we will call you back.

Am I eligible to be vaccinated?

To get your COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, YOU MUST BE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER and be a CTUIR entity employee, contractor, or a resident of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR).

On the day of your vaccination appointment …

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment
  • Bring your Vaccine Screening Form (attached) with you, or one will be provided at the time of your appointment.
  • Plan to spend 15-20 minutes onsite AFTER your vaccination to be monitored for any potential side effects.
  • Bring proof of CTUIR entity employment (pay stub, employee badge, etc.) and or proof of UIR residency (utility bill, magazine subscription, etc.)

DO NOT MISS YOUR SCHEDULED VACCINATION APPOINTMENT We want to make sure that every dose is accounted for. Every day, we thaw the exact number of vaccine doses that are going to be used. If you miss your appointment, we will give the vaccination to someone else and we may not be able to reschedule you until a future date.  So please, make every effort to keep your appointments so we can work on getting everyone fully vaccinated.

Questions?

ASK A HUMAN. (541) 240-8733) We’re here for you and want to make sure you get all the information you need and want.

Need more information on the COVID-vaccination process? Visit Yellowhawk.org and open the button on the top right that reads “LATEST COVID-19 INFO.” The page is updated with community metrics, has a thorough list of frequently asked questions, and resources for where you can get more information about the vaccination process.

COVID-19 Update to the Reservation and Local Community

November 10, 2020 – On the morning of November 9, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center reported four (4) new cases within the community.  By the afternoon, an additional three (3) positive cases had been recorded, bringing the total number of active cases on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to seven (7), with the possibility of an increase in cases in the coming days. Yellowhawk Contact Tracing staff will be following up with all of these patients to determine who has been in contact with the individuals who have tested positive.  The Incident Command Team, comprised of senior CTUIR Departmental staff from the Tribal administration, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Tribal enterprises including Wildhorse Resort and Casino and Cayuse Technologies, as well as the Board of Trustees, is extremely concerned with possible increases and spread that may have taken place at family gatherings over the weekend. 

Given this uptick in cases on the Reservation and with family gatherings impending over the holidays, the CTUIR administration, in consultation with the Incident Command Team, is implementing strict precautions to limit the number of people in the Nixyaawii Governance Center and other Tribal government buildings. Entrance to the government buildings will be restricted to only those staff and members of the public with an essential need to be on-site. Community members may still make appointments with tribal staff as needed for essential services, but the intention is to limit the number of people on campus in our government buildings to as few as absolutely possible. Yellowhawk is also in the process of implementing new access protocols to ensure the safety of our health professionals, which includes ensuring there are fewer patients in the facility at any given time. Many patient services and programs offered by Yellowhawk will remain unchanged.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Holidays are usually a time for families to come together to celebrate and reconnect. However, this holiday season, the CTUIR Incident Command Team emphasizes that any and all events should be planned with extreme caution to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In fact, guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Center for Disease Control (CDC) emphasizes that it is imperative for families to limit gatherings to only those people in their immediate households in order to keep friends, other family members, and especially elders, safe this holiday season. The Incident Command Team will share more tips, ideas and CDC guidance in the coming weeks on how families in our community can still celebrate safely this holiday season.

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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Updated Health and Safety Guidelines on the Umatilla Indian Reservation

November 13, 2020 – On Friday, November 13, Governor Kate Brown issued a new set of orders, freezing or limiting the conduct of many businesses and activities throughout the State. As a sovereign government, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) are not bound by these restrictions, but the CTUIR respects Governor Brown’s efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and is choosing to implement its own set of new guidance for business and activities on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Some of the most noticeable of these guidelines, recommended by the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and adopted by the CTUIR Incident Command Team, include restricting restaurants to “take-out only” on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the closure of the Wildhorse Cineplex, as well as Quaking Aspens Lanes and the Family Funplex arcade. These facilities will be closed beginning on Wednesday, November 18, with the closure extending for two weeks through Wednesday, December 2. The Incident Command Team is also requesting that individuals not travel outside of a 75 mile radius for non-essential travel and that those who do so quarantine for 14 days upon their return home. The full extent of the new guidelines issued by the Incident Command Team will be posted on the CTUIR’s official Facebook page as well as on the CTUIR website at: https://www.ctuircovid.info/

These changes are necessary due to the alarming rate of increase in test positivity on the reservation between the last two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November. In first two weeks of November, Yellowhawk performed 110 tests and had roughly a positive test rate of 10%, as opposed to the last two weeks of October when over 250 tests were conducted with a positivity rate of 5%. Additionally, contact tracers have been facing difficulty in the last week determining the source of 75% of the positive cases, making it clear that there is uncontrolled community spread.

Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham once again acknowledged “this virus is causing hardship for many people, both in terms of employment and recreational opportunities, and the overall toll on mental health that results from increased isolation and reduction in social gatherings, but these restrictions are absolutely necessary.” Chair Brigham added “the virus remains highly communicable and appears to be spreading rapidly as people have gathered indoors more frequently with the cooler, stormy weather that fall is bringing. We need your help to contain it.”

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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

CTUIR Executive Director Ted Wright Steps Down

November 3, 2020 – Ted Wright, who has served as Executive Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) government for the past two years, has resigned his position, effective on November 4, 2020.  Mr. Wright has accepted a position as Executive Director with the Spokane Indian Tribe. Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III was formally selected for appointment by the Board of Trustees as the Interim Executive Director today and will remain in the position until a permanent replacement can be hired.

Mr. Wright oversaw a number of initiatives during his time as Executive Director, the major of which was an organizational assessment conducted by the Moss Adams firm. Due to this assessment, the CTUIR is going through a number of efforts to improve government services and the flow of information. This work will continue for several years and improve the performance of tribal government.

In addition to this effort, Mr. Wright’s tenure will likely largely be remembered for his calm and steady demeanor in leading the CTUIR government through a number of extremely challenging events, from the questions surrounding the interpretation of the residence requirement in the CTUIR Constitution as it pertains to Board of Trustees’ members, the February 2020 Umatilla River flood, and of course the novel coronavirus.

The Board of Trustees has offered its well-wishes to Mr. Wright and has acknowledged his contributions to the CTUIR. Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees, stated that “we are extremely thankful to Ted for the time, effort, and professionalism that he has brought to the position of Executive Director. 2020 has been a very tough year but his ability to adapt and contribute to the protection and enhancement of CTUIR’s rights and interests has been clear. One of the things Ted did was to have an operational review of our tribal government to seek ways to improve and we are working on implementation now.  He always wanted to do the best he could for us and we hope that he will come back to visit when he can.” The Board of Trustees gifted a Pendleton saddle blanket with the Tribe’s logo in a show of appreciation for his services.

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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Dispersal of Needs-Based CARES Act Funding Checks Begins

November 6, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), through its Enrollment and Finance Departments, has begun processing the first round of applications received for financial support through the CARES Act funding approved by the Board of Trustees.  In this initial effort to begin to review applications and provide one-time financial support to Tribal members, approximately 800 checks have been prepared and are being mailed out today, November 6, 2020.

The Board of Trustees approved the financial assistance to Tribal members through a Resolution approved on Monday, October 12th.  By Friday, October 23rd, the Enrollment Department had mailed grant application packets, including a cover letter from Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham that was accompanied by a Frequently Asked Questions document, to all Tribal member households for which a current address was on file.  As early as the week of October 26th, applications began to be received and processed by Enrollment so that Finance could begin to prepare the payments for issuance.

Chair Brigham emphasized the importance of providing this assistance to Tribal members, stating “the Board is aware that a lot of people are struggling because of COVID creating financial difficulties through the closure of schools for our children and businesses that provided work for our people.  We know money can’t solve all the problems but hope these funds will be helpful.”

The CTUIR will continue to accept and process applications that are completed and received by the deadline for submission, which is Friday, December 18, 2020. For those Tribal members who may not have received the paper application packet through the mail, an application is available and fillable on the CTUIR website at: https://ctuir.org/departments/enrollment/covid-19-needs-based-assistance/. 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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

Bighorn Sheep Ram Harvested by Tribal Treaty Hunter Tests Positive for Deadly Respiratory Disease

October 27, 2020 – Wildlife biologists from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources received the results this week of biological tests on a four and a half year old bighorn sheep ram harvested from the Burnt River Herd in Oregon. The test results indicate the ram was carrying the deadly bacterial disease Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae that has been responsible for the loss of bighorn populations throughout the western United States.  The respiratory pathogen of domestic sheep and goats, while generally not harmful to domestics, causes lethal pneumonia in wild bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The bacteria is not harmful to humans and the meat of infected but otherwise healthy-looking animals is safe to consume. However, animals with obvious symptoms of serious disease should not be consumed.

Treaty harvest of bighorn sheep is tightly regulated by the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission and closely coordinated with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mandatory harvest reporting and biological sampling are conducted by the CTUIR to help assure individual and herd health of this recovering species. “If this results in an outbreak, it could put our recovery efforts back 20 years” said Dr. Scott Peckham, CTUIR Big Game Ecologist, “and could eliminate up to half of the tribal harvest opportunity for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and coordinate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.”

This is the first positive test for a tribally harvested bighorn and the second bighorn herd in northeast Oregon to test positive for Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae this year. It is not known where the bighorn was exposed to the pathogens, but there are numerous commercial and farm flocks of domestic sheep and goats in the immediate area. Maintaining safe, physical separation between domestic sheep and goats and wild, free ranging bighorn sheep is an ongoing management challenge that limits the abundance and availability of bighorn sheep and their harvest.

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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

CTUIR Providing Event and Guidance to Families for a Safe, Fun Halloween

October 28, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), in coordination with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, will be offering a drive-thru “trunk or treat” event this weekend on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. The event will take place in the parking lot of the Mission Community Gym from 3-6pm. Trunk or treaters are asked to remain in their cars and candy and treats will be brought to you. 

The CTUIR Incident Command Team (ICT) has been monitoring active coronavirus/COVID-19 cases on the reservation and has approved of this drive-thru event, which will be staffed by volunteers from various departments.  The ICT also has some guidance to families for how to safely engage in Halloween activities this weekend.

“It is very important to continue to use good health and safety practices that are effective at limiting the coronavirus transmission and protecting you and your family. This includes social distancing, wearing face coverings, and thoroughly washing your hands often. Please don’t let this invisible enemy win,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR. Further, the ICT strongly urges that families avoid door-to-door trick or treating and opt instead for the CTUIR-sponsored activity or small gatherings of less than 25 people, preferably outdoors.

Rob Burnside, Director of Public Safety and Commander of the ICT advised that “We are seeing upticks and spikes in cases all across the Country, and we have had our own outbreaks here on the Reservation recently as well, despite the safety protocols that have been put in place. We know there is some “COVID fatigue” setting in but we need everyone to keep their guard up and continue with the safety measures.”

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 Stat. 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

CTUIR Receives Federal Broadband License

October 23, 2020 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) a license for the use of the 2.5GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window broadband.  The FCC announced today that it issued 154 tribal licenses nationwide. Among these initial licensees were five Tribes in Oregon.

This license will enable the CTUIR to eventually provide broadband connectivity, including 5G access and mobile coverage, to the community for education, health, government, and business purposes. According to the FCC, “These licenses provide for exclusive use of up to 117.5 megahertz of 2.5 GHz band spectrum that can be used by Tribes to connect their communities.”  The FCC has so far received over 400 applications for use of this mid-spectrum broadband range and is continuing to review applications. 

Chair Kat Brigham acknowledged the progress represented by this FCC license, stating “CTUIR has wanted reliable internet for several years. The Tribe is now one step closer to moving forward in developing a broadband infrastructure to help our families, students and employees who now really need it as an essential tool through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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.

Board Approves Needs-Based Financial Assistance

October 23, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s (CTUIR) Enrollment Office has this week been preparing mailings that include a cover letter signed by Chair Kat Brigham, a “Frequently Asked Questions” document, and a needs-based grant application for CTUIR Tribal members who may have experienced a loss of income or increased costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of financial assistance. 

All Tribal members who meet the eligibility criteria may apply.  The deadline for applications to be submitted is December 18, 2020.  The funding amount per individual is $750 for adults and $500 for each child.

The Board of Trustees authorized the distribution of this special, needs-based grant from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding provided to the CTUIR through a Resolution approved by the Board on Monday, October 12.

If you have any additional questions or comments about your eligibility or how to apply for this grant, please contact Enrollment at: 541-429-7035 from 7:30am to 4pm Pacific time.

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.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Reopens

October 19, 2020 – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center reopened its services to patients on Monday, October 19 after robust employee testing through the weekend. No new cases of COVID-19 resulted from the employee testing.

Yellowhawk closed its doors at noon on Thursday, October 15 through Friday, October 16 after two employees tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are linked to each other. Yellowhawk facility’s staff deep cleaned the building during this time and extensive contact tracing investigations were completed by Friday. All employees that were identified as “contacts” are now quarantining for the recommended timeframe. A “contact” is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet or less of a person known to have tested positive for at least 15 minutes.

“During our efforts to quickly have the facility deep cleaned, our first priority was to get the clinic reopened for patients to continue to meet their healthcare needs. We understand the importance of keeping the pharmacy open and continuing to provide medical support and behavioral health advocacy during these unexpected closures” said Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk Chief Executive Officer. “In an effort to provide continued support to the community, we immediately partnered with Oregon Health Authority to provide an open COVID-19 testing event for the community. This will occur on Wednesday, October 21 from 9-5pm at the Mission Community Gym.”

Cases in the surrounding area and across the nation are beginning to rise. Let this serve as a reminder that as the weather gets cooler and holidays are approaching, more people will be spending time indoors. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. These measures are the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

Board Reaffirms Fish Accord

October 23, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Board of Trustees voted 8-0 on Monday, October 19, to reaffirm and amend its Fish Accord with Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation (together, “Action Agencies”). The Accord funds CTUIR fisheries and wildlife projects in the Tucannon, Walla Walla, Grande Ronde, North Fork John Day, and Umatilla ceded river watersheds, and since 2008 has resulted in about 87 miles and 2,800 acres of floodplain enhancement, Pacific lamprey passage installations and outplanting and recovery, Pacific lamprey and freshwater mussel propagation research, biological monitoring, fish passage operations, fish supplementation operations, and also the Walla Walla spring chinook hatchery, slated for completion in 2021.


The CTUIR and Action Agencies originally signed an Accord Extension from 2018-2022, but the Trump administration subsequently moved up the timeline for the National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Impact Statement for the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) to 2020, calling into question the timeframe of the Accord and motivating this reaffirmation and amendment. The Action Agencies signed the reaffirmation on September 24, 2020, and with the BOT’s approval, the Accord reaffirms the funding agreement’s term through 2022.

The subset of the FCRPS projects, known as the Columbia River System (CRS), is managed as a coordinated system for multiple congressionally authorized public purposes by the federal action agencies. Under Endangered Species Act consultation for the CRS, the effects of the operation, maintenance, and management of the 14 federal dam and reservoir projects are evaluated. The Action Agencies operate and maintain the 14 federal CRS projects to meet Congressionally authorized purposes including flood risk management, fish and wildlife conservation, power system management, irrigation/water supply, navigation, recreation, system maintenance, water quality, and municipal and industrial water supply, though not every project is authorized for every one of these purposes.

Chair Kat Brigham said of the renewed Accord, “While we’ve seen progress in tributary fish habitat conditions and lamprey returns, it’s clear we need to do more. Salmon fishing opportunities for our tribal members haven’t been consistent enough and we need more fish. Reaffirming our Accord keeps in place the funding we expected since 2018, and gives us time to develop additional tools to address salmon recovery. We need an energy policy that can help change hydro operations to speed salmon recovery and a marine policy to help us advocate for our fish and their ocean habitat.”

While in early accord years salmon returns afforded treaty fishing opportunities in up to nine CTUIR tributaries, returns in the last four years have been poor, limiting harvest opportunities. Pacific Lamprey restoration results have provided significant increases in juvenile outmigration, and returns to the Umatilla in 2019 provided fishing opportunities for CTUIR members for the first time in an estimated 75 years.

The amendments to the CTUIR’s Accord remove a previous requirement that the CTUIR affirm the adequacy of the Federal Columbia River System environmental compliance documents.  The CTUIR has criticized the 2020 CRS Operations Environmental Impact Statement and Biological Opinion for lacking, among other items, adequate technical, cultural, and tribal societal impact analyses.  The amendments also call on good faith negotiations by the parties to resolve cultural resource and other long-standing policy interests.  The amendments also provide off-ramps for exiting the Accord should CTUIR decide to instead litigate FCRPS issues. 

Consistent with the reaffirmation and amendments, the BOT’s resolution required staff, over the next two years to develop, with involvement of CTUIR Fish and Wildlife and Water Commissions and Cultural Resources Committee, and with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), tribal treaty and social impact reports, a marine policy, and an energy policy that will inform alternatives to the management and operation of the lower four Snake hydroelectric facilities, including breaching.

“We will be coordinating through our internal CTUIR Columbia River Accord group and CRITFC to leverage relationships and resources in the region to develop these other tools to complement our tributary restoration, production, harvest and ultimately our River Vison efforts.” stated Jeremy Wolf, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Other parties to this Fish Accord include the Yakama Indian Nation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.  Parties with a similar Accord or Memorandum of Agreement include the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, and the States of Washington, Montana and Idaho.

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 Denounces Vandalism at Oregon Historical Society

October 16, 2020 – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) denounces the vandalism and violence that took place at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on the evening of Sunday, October 11.

“OHS has a very good working relationship with CTUIR as one of the Oregon Tribes,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees. “In fact, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Executive Director Bobbie Conner serves on the OHS Board of Trustees. We stand with OHS in calling out this senseless act.”

Chair Brigham sent a letter on Wednesday to OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and Board of Trustees President Mary Miller Faulkner.  Chair Brigham pointed out many ways in which the CTUIR and the OHS had collaborated through the years, including the “pivotal role” of the Oregon Historical Society Press in the 2006 publication of “wiyákaykt – As Days Go By – wiyáakaaˀawn,” which enabled the CTUIR to tell the story of “our Tribes’ history in our voices and from our point of view.”

In a second letter, addressed to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Chair Brigham noted that although the violence and property damage were purported to have taken place in support of the cause of the rights of Indigenous people, such acts are “not only harmful to the property but also detract from the ability to communicate messages about the importance and centrality of the history of Native peoples in Oregon.” This is not how we resolve the issues that are before us.

“Acts of destruction of property, and of course violence towards people, didn’t work in the Fish Wars.  No one should have to tolerate this destruction and it is not supported by the CTUIR in the name of Indigenous rights,” Chair Brigham stated.  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.

Open Burning on Reservation Allowed as of October 17

October 19, 2020 – Open burning is once again allowed on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as the burn ban ended effective Saturday, October 17, 2020. 

Burn permit applications may be obtained from the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Air Quality or at the Umatilla Tribal Fire station.

Sweat lodge fires are exempt from permit requirements with appropriate notice to the CTUIR Office of Air Quality.

If you have questions or concerns about burns or burn permits please call Caleb Minthorn with the Office of Air Quality at 541-969-3151.

Dairy Queen Closes at Coyote Business Park

October 13, 2020 – A Dairy Queen owned and operated by Windy River, a longtime tenant of Coyote Business Park, closed on September 30, 2020. Dairy Queen was an original tenant of Kusi Shopping Center when the building opened in 2012.

Kusi Shopping Center, the 6,000 square foot retail center owned by Windy River, has received several inquiries from businesses interested in the available space. They hope to announce and welcome a new tenant soon.

This closure is evidence of the devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has had, not just on public health and well-being, but also on small businesses across the country.

For more information on Windy River, please visit https://windyriver.com/.

For information about shovel ready sites and development opportunities at Coyote Business Park, please visit https://www.coyotebusinesspark.com/.

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.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Temporarily Closing

October 15, 2020 – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center issued a temporary order to reduce services as of 12pm on Thursday, October 15. The closure will remain in place through Friday, October 16.  This closure is related to the reporting of two staff positive tests for COVID-19.

Medical, lab, and pharmacy remain open and will continue to provide limited services on a case-by-case basis. Lab hours will be extended to allow for additional testing capacity of Yellowhawk staff who are being asked to undergo tests. All staff that remain in the building will be tested prior to providing services.

Extensive contract tracing investigations are quickly beginning to take place to identify individuals who may have had potential exposure. All of those individuals who are determined to have been exposed will be contacted by a contact tracer. A “contact” is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet or less of a person known to have tested positive for at least 15 minutes.

Yellowhawk facilities will undergo a deep cleaning (Clorox 360) to sanitize the clinic. The drive thru flu clinic scheduled for Saturday, October 17 is also being cancelled.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands.  The facilities on the government campus, including the Nixyaawii Governance Center, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, and Nixyaawii Community School, continue to maintain strict measures to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  All employees and visitors are screened, required to wear masks, and maintain a safe distance from others. 

For these reasons, the risk of exposure is very low.  Still, out of an abundance of caution we are taking the measures described above to ensure the safety of our employees and the community.

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.

Air Quality Health Alert for the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

September 11, 2020 – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the CTUIR Office of Air Quality have been monitoring the deteriorating air quality conditions on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). As of 3:10PM, the State of Oregon Air Quality Monitoring Data shows our area’s air quality index at a particulate matter (PM) 362 which is considered very hazardous. PM is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope, per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


“The particulate matter air outside is bad enough to make a young adult sick if you were to spend too much time outdoors. It’s really hazardous right now and people should slow down strenuous activity,” says Caleb Minthorn, Air Technician for the CTUIR Office Air Quality. “People can create clean air spaces in their homes with a box fan filter as well as staying in basements or downstairs spaces”. Instructions on how to make a Do It Yourself (DIY) air filter are attached to this release.


The community is urged to stay indoors during this time, close all windows and doors, and do not run swamp coolers or fans that bring in outdoor air. “Stay safe and stay indoors. I realize this is a tough request right now, but the risk to your lungs and heart are significant”, says Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Medical Director, Dr. James Winde.


People at greatest risk include those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, young children, pregnant women, and older adults. If you have symptoms such as repeated cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or chest tightness or pain, contact your healthcare provider immediately or go to the closest emergency department.
Hazardous air quality conditions are expected to remain in the area through the weekend.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and the Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Yellowhawk works to protect, promote and improve the health of the CTUIR community. Learn more about Yellowhawk at www.yellowhawk.org.

COVID outbreak hobbles Umatilla Tribal Fire Department

September 29, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Public Safety Department has experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. Five employees have tested positive for the virus.

CTUIR has activated their mutual aid agreements with Pendleton Fire Department and East Umatilla Fire District so there will be no disruption in residential and structural fire protection on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR). BIA Wildland firefighters continue to be an active asset on the UIR.

“We are taking every precaution to make sure the community is safe. Fire protection will continue thanks to our partners. Contact tracing is nearly complete,” said CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham. “This outbreak shows how COVID can shutter critical public services. Fortunately, our Emergency Operating Plan insures continuity of services.”

Staff in the Public Safety Department are being tested by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, as well as all individuals who have had contact with those who tested positive. This includes co-workers, family members and community members. Additionally, the Public Safety Department have initiated several safety measures and cleaning protocols in their facilities and vehicles.

Timely testing and contact tracing are of utmost importance to slowing the spread among the CTUIR community and neighboring communities. Unless you have been named as a contact by a case or have been identified as a contact through public safety logs, your risk of exposure is low at this time. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has extended their testing hours to 6 p.m. today to accommodate testing related to this outbreak.

“We urge anyone who tests positive to be as thorough as possible when they speak to contact tracers. They need to provide all of the names of people they have interacted with,” said Yellowhawk Medical Director Dr. James Winde.

The CTUIR Public Safety Department houses the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Tribal Prosecutor, Emergency Management, Family Violence Services and the Office of Support Enforcement.

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 issues public use restrictions due to fire Preparedness Level 5

September 10, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) urge residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and surrounding areas to exercise extreme caution with regard to any activities that could create a fire risk.

To that end, the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department (UTFD) will implement public use restrictions, or Regulated Use Closure, effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday September 11, 2020, on lands protected by UTFD. The prevention of human caused fires is the primary objective of these additional fire prevention measures.

The Regulated Use Closure will affect private, state, county, and municipal forestlands protected by CTUIR and BIA.

“We need people to be extra careful in the outdoors, in the forests or in dry grass anywhere, now through October at least,” said Rob Burnside, Director of the CTUIR Department of Public Safety. “We can’t afford any accidental, human-caused fires.”

Conditions across the region have shifted to a much warmer and drier weather pattern as we reach the height of summer. Additionally, the State of Oregon and the nation are now at a Fire Preparedness Level 5 which means there are no resources available to fight fires now and in the foreseeable future.

The following restrictions will be in effect as of 12:01 a.m., Friday, September 11:

• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

• Smoking is prohibited except in vehicles on improved roads or in boats on the water.

• Non-Industrial chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present. A one hour fire watch is required after cutting operations are completed.

• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present. A one hour fire watch is required after cutting, welding or grinding operations are completed.

• Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

• Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

• Use of fireworks is prohibited.

Other general fire season restrictions are:

• Debris burning is prohibited.

• Use of exploding targets is prohibited.

• Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.

• The use of sky lanterns is prohibited throughout the year in Oregon.

“These are unprecedented times and we must take every precaution to protect the land and reduce risk to human life,” said CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham. “Please follow the precautions and stay safe.”

More than 500 square miles within the State of Oregon are on fire. There are five “Preparedness Levels” that generally describe the fire danger, activity and preparedness for wildfire suppression by responsible agencies locally, regionally, and nationally. We are currently at LEVEL 5.

LEVEL 1 — Minimal large fire activity nationally. Most geographic areas have low to moderate fire danger. There is little or no commitment of national resources.

LEVEL 2 — Several geographic areas are experiencing high to extreme fire danger. Wildland fire activity is increasing and large fires are occurring in one or more geographic areas. Minimal mobilization of resources from other geographic areas is occurring. The potential exists for mobilizing additional resources from other geographic areas.

LEVEL 3 — Two or more geographic areas are experiencing wildland or prescribed fire activities requiring a major commitment of national resources. Additional resources are being ordered and mobilized through the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC). Incident management teams are committed in two or more areas, or 275 crews are committed nationally.

LEVEL 4 — Two or more geographic areas are experiencing incidents requiring Type 1 teams. Competition exists for resources between geographic areas. When 425 crews or five Type 1 teams are committed nationally.

LEVEL 5 — Several geographic areas are experiencing major incidents that have the potential to exhaust all agency fire resources. When 550 crews are committed nationally.

The Regulated Use Closure, on CTUIR lands and private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the CTUIR and BIA, may change with improved weather conditions and availability of fire suppression resources at a later time. Any change in status will be posted. To report a violation of the Regulated Use Closure, please contact Umatilla Tribal Dispatch at 541-278-0550.

CTUIR moves to Tier III of Reopening Plan

September 11, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has moved into Tier III of their reopening plan for the community, Nixyaawii Governance Center and Tribal entities. The Stay At Home Order issued by the Board of Trustees remains in effect with changes consistent with Tier III of the reopening plan.

Effective immediately, gatherings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) are limited to 25 people and social distancing standards of six feet should be maintained. Individuals are encouraged to use masks or face coverings when they are outside their household. 

“We are moving forward but we are not out of the woods. Please continue to wear masks, socially distance and stay healthy,” said CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham. “We need to get our children back into their classrooms and ensure they are safe. We still have more work to do to get there.”

Masks are still required indoors and in Kayak transit vehicles. ICT strongly encourages the use of masks at indoor and outdoor events and in grocery stores and other businesses.

Churches must provide for 35 square feet per person in attendance and attendees must maintain 6 foot physical distance unless they are members of the same household. Non-contact sports are authorized.

As public health conditions change, Tribal Government will issue plans for moving to an appropriate Reopening Tier if necessary and/or warranted based upon Public Health guidance and ICT direction.

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 strives for effective testing and tracing

August 26, 2020 – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) continues to provide regular COVID testing to enrolled Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). As testing has steadily increased, Yellowhawk has identified some challenges to ensuring testing is performed in a timely manner.

The CTUIR Incident Command urges patients to follow these protocols for testing:

  • Schedule an appointment in advance. Testing is by appointment only.

Patients must schedule a testing appointment in advance by calling their patient care coordinator (PCC):

  • LaShay Miller 541-240-8655
    • Mihky Najera 541-240-8639
    • Alicia Rosales 541-240-8637
    • Yellowhawk’s main line 541-966-9830

When calling the main line, ask to be transferred to your PCC if you have questions or concerns about testing or would like to set-up an appointment for testing.

  • Attend testing appointment alone.

It is highly encouraged that you attend your COVID testing appointment alone. If there are multiple people in the vehicle this increases the chance of spread among those occupants. If additional occupants need testing, please ensure they are scheduled for their own appointment times. The COVID testing machine can only run one rapid test every 15 minutes. If there are additional occupants that do not have appointments, this can cause appointment times to become backed up and delayed test results.

  • Rapid testing versus Laboratory testing

Rapid testing is performed on site and results are completed in 15 minutes. Laboratory testing results return in 2-3 days. A Yellowhawk nurse will triage you for active symptoms, close contacts and risk status to determine which testing is appropriate for you. Enrolled Tribal Members of CTUIR, including those without symptoms or exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, can be tested once every 14 days. If an individual develops symptoms or becomes a contact to a positive COVID-19 case, they can receive further testing even if it has not been 14 days since their last test.

  • Communicate with Yellowhawk Case Investigator

If you test positive, it is extremely important that you share vital information with your case investigator about who you have been around and where you have been. This information is confidential and remains a key tool in fighting the spread of COVID in our community. Our ability to contain the spread is only as good as your willingness to be open and honest with contact tracers

  • Reminder on Family Gatherings

As cases have increased on the UIR, it has become clear that family gatherings are resulting in multiple cases. We continue to encourage gatherings are limited to 10 people or less – indoors and outdoors and continue social distancing, frequent hand washing and regular use of masks.

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.

Burnside and Johnson hired to lead CTUIR departments

August 27, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has hired Rob Burnside to serve as Director of Public Safety and Matt Johnson as Director of Communications.

“The Tribe is very fortunate to have the experience and education of two very well qualified Tribal members to join the Management Team,” said Chuck Sams, Deputy Executive Director. “We look forward to their continued service to the Tribes and the community as a whole.”

Rob Burnside has been the Chief of the Tribal Fire Department since 2002. He was assigned to be Interim Public Safety Director when Ray Denny retired from the post in March. A longtime employee for CTUIR, Burnside began his career at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as a Safety Officer in 1991. He moved to the Fire Department in 1993 where he worked as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator until 2000 when he was elected to the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman where he served for two years.   

Matt Johnson is an attorney in the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) working on hazardous waste cleanup issues and natural resource restoration at the Hanford and Portland Harbor sites.  From 2017 through 2019, he oversaw the Energy and Environmental Sciences Program which addresses air quality, sustainable energy development, Hanford cleanup and natural resource restoration issues and includes the first nationally-accredited analytical lab in Indian Country as well as two greenhouses to grow native plants. He has worked as a Tribal lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and as a Policy Analyst in the Indian Health Services Office of Tribal Self-Governance in Rockville, Maryland. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in American History from Willamette University and received his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Burnside will begin on September 1 as the Public Safety Director.  Johnson will begin work as Communications Director on October 1 after wrapping up his work in the OLC. 

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.

Use caution if family members test positive for COVID

August 24, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command Team urges residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to exercise caution when interacting with those who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Over the past week, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center identified six people who tested positive for the virus. Each of them were contacted by contact tracers and it became clear that they had all been in contact with each other.

However, this number does not demonstrate community spread. Rather, it is a reminder that families must create their own routines to minimize close contact with people who live in their household or family members who live in separate households and have tested positive. Multigenerational families who live together must be on high alert.

“If you or someone in your household tests positive, you must quarantine within your home and/or identify an isolated location,” said Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk CEO. “Contact tracers will provide you with detailed recommendations but every family should make a plan for how they will provide meals and adequately separate a family member in their home if they get sick.”

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.

Chromebooks for students delayed due to national demand

August 25, 2020 – In July, the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved the purchase of a Chromebook for every school-age tribal member. 

However, due to increased demand across the country, the Chromebooks are not expected to arrive until late October – long after school has begun.   

Students are advised to check out a Chromebook from their school district to begin the school year. At a later time when they have received a Chromebook from CTUIR they can return the Chromebook they have on loan from their school.  

To minimize confusion, no further information will be distributed about the Chromebooks until they have been received by CTUIR. Parents and families are encouraged to make arrangements with their schools as soon as possible.

“We are anxious to get the technology into the hands of Tribal students,” said Modesta Minthorn, Education Department Director. ”We have the addresses we need. Despite the excitement, we urge families to wait for us to contact you when we have the Chromebooks in hand. We have been inundated with calls and emails. Please know we will distribute them as quickly as possible after they arrive.”

Acer Chromebooks are an affordable alternative to a laptop. They run on a Google Chrome operating system and offer less storage than a traditional Windows or Mac laptop but provide full access to the internet-based classroom activities that students need while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Language Program awarded NEH CARES grant

August 7, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Language Program has been awarded a grant of $125,000 from a National Endowment for the Humanities programfunded by the CARES Act. Their grant project is to create video-recorded oral histories from Tribal elders about pandemics and natural disasters previously experienced on the reservation and ceded lands. 

​The funding is intended to support ongoing or new work between June and December, 2020, at any cultural institution in the country that has been negatively impacted by the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus. NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede says, “NEH is pleased to provide $40 million to preserve thousands of jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities that are vital to our nation’s cultural life and economy.” The grant was highly competitive, with roughly 14% of submitted proposals receiving funds. The CTUIR was one of seven grantees in the state of Oregon. 

​The Language Program will use the funding to keep on some existing staff as well as to hire an Oral Historian (Merle Kirk) and Assistant Oral Historian (Cheyenne Bronson) who will complete the video interviews with the elders as part of the grant project. The Oral Historians will research topics that pertain to the theme of past pandemics and natural disasters and ask Tribal elders to share their own memories of such events, or to share what they have heard from their own elders. The Language Program sees all oral histories from the elders as worthy of preserving for future generations. However, histories on these particular topics will be especially valuable, not only during our present struggles as we navigate the changes COVID-19 brings and continue to recover from the flooding of the Umatilla River this February, but in the future when such events are predicted to become increasingly common. We can look to the past to guide our future responses.  

Due to concern for the health and well-being of our elders during the current pandemic, the interviews will be conducted over Zoom, or as conditions permit. As part of the project, interviews will be conducted with two elders per month, for a total of twelve by the end of the funding period. Elders may give their interviews in English or a Tribal language, which would then be translated and subtitled by Language Program staff. Digital Brilliance, LLC, a media company who worked previously with the Language Program to make a documentary about támayčt, or earth-ovens, in 2019, will record and edit the videos.

​The Language Program was founded in 1996 with a vision to revitalize our languages within our community and create an environment in which each language will survive and flourish for as long as our people live. Katrina Miller, Language Program Manager and Project Director for this project, said, “Preserving cultures goes hand-in-hand with preserving language, and the Language Program sees this project as part of our documentation work.” 

Other existing Language Program staff who will be contributing to the project include Fred Hill, Umatilla Master Speaker; Lisa Minthorn, Sahaptian Language Technology Specialist; and Gretchen Kern, Tribal Linguist. Videos will be released online as they are completed, and a compilation of all interviews is expected be available in early 2021.

Traffic Advisory re: Meacham Complex Fire Response

August 21, 2020 – Please exercise caution when driving on Mission Road, Cayuse Road and Bingham Road. Traffic may be heightened due to fire suppression vehicles including US Forest Service, Oregon Dept. of Forestry and BIA pickups, SUVs, fire engines and potentially buses (hauling fire crews).

Traffic may increase if other fires are discovered and key routes may change. Most traffic will be heading up Bingham Road to Gibbon – the site of a temporary camp for fire suppression personnel – and then continuing up Bingham Road to about Mile Post 26/27 near the Hager Fire. If and when other fires are discovered and routes change, CTUIR will post advisory updates.

Over the past week a flurry of lightning activity has started several large fires. Umatilla Agency fire crews are responding and aerial resources are completing reconnaissance flights to survey for fires. CTUIR is coordinating with the USFS Northern Rockies Incident Management Team (IMT) 3 which took command of the Meacham Complex (formerly named Hager Complex) at 6 a.m. today.

For more information regarding restrictions, please call the Umatilla National Forest information hotline at (877) 958-9663. The latest fire information will be posted on the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog at http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/

CTUIR Incident Command announces new COVID-19 restrictions

July 31, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team approved new directives for the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) in light of the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases across Umatilla County. Changes are effective immediately and will be reviewed weekly. 

The community is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. If you must leave your home you should maintain the highest standards of mask wearing, six foot social distancing and hand washing. 

Gatherings are limited to 10 people, indoors and outdoors. Travel is limited to a 75 mile radius unless it is essential. The community is encouraged to limit the frequency of trips to grocery stores and purchase enough food and household supplies to last at least one week.

Nixyáawii Governance Center will continue to provide services with employees working from homeunless required to be in the building. Public access to the building is restricted to appointment only. 

CTUIR community facilities will remain closed until further notice.  

The Longhouse is closed and no services will take place at this time. Families may continue to sweat together with those who reside in the same household but due to the increased risk of transmission, community sweats are not allowed until further notice. 

Funerals remain limited to 10 or less. Those conducting funeral services will be responsible for recording who is in attendance.  This is necessary for public health infection tracing when attendees transmit COVID-19 to other funeral attendees.  

Emergency daycare services currently being provided for children ages 6-10 at Nixyaawii Education Center will end Friday, August 7.

Kayak will continue to operate to support transportation for supplies, groceries, etc.

Wildhorse Resort and Casino will close daily from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. beginning Tuesday, August 4. Restaurant services at the casino and golf course will be take-out only. The hotel will continue to be open. The gaming floor will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Please check the Wildhorse Golf Course website for other restrictions. The Cineplex will be closed as of July 31.

Hamley’s Steakhouse and Birch Creek Golf Course will be open for take-out only. Dine-in service will be closed until further notice. Mission Market will continue to offer drive through service only. Arrowhead Truck Plaza services will not change. 

Exercise such as short walks or hikes alone or with members of the same household remain allowable. Maintain a safe distance from those outside your household. Under the current conditions, CTUIR members should exercise their treaty rights with the same precautions.

Updated guidance will be provided at www.ctuircovid.info. Tribal members who may need services should contact the Department of Children and Family Services at 541-969-8413

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 Incident Command Status Update

August 6, 2020 – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) will begin providing further testing for enrolled Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) while resources and capacity for providing this testing can be sustained. An appointment is required for all testing done at Yellowhawk. Testing needs have been distributed as outlined below.

• Those with Active Symptoms, Close Contact – To continue throughout the declared state of emergency.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Yellowhawk patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 can be tested for COVID-19. This testing will continue for the remainder of the declared state of emergency. Yellowhawk will also continue to test CTUIR first responders and essential healthcare works who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Individuals at High Risk – To continue as resources and capacity allow.

Yellowhawk patients who are at higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19, including individuals 60years or older, residents of a group care setting, or individuals with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, or heart disease, can be tested for COVID-19. Employees of CTUIR entities that have been determined to be critical by the Incident Command Team (ICT) will be tested for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.

• All CTUIR Tribal Members – To continue as resources and capacity allow.

Enrolled Tribal Members of CTUIR, including those without symptoms or exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, can be tested once every 14 days. If an individual develops symptoms or becomes a contact to a positive COVID-19 case, they can receive further testing even if it has not been 14 days since their last test.

COVID-19 TESTING is available by appointment only. The testing clinic will offer appointments Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm, except Tuesday morning closures and days Yellowhawk is closed. Call your Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) LaShay Miller 541-240-8655Mihky Najera 541-240-8639Alicia Rosales 541-240-8637or Yellowhawk’s main line, 541.966.9830.  When calling main line, ask to be transferred to your PCC if you have questions or concerns about testing or would like to set-up an appointment for testing.

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 Hires New Deputy Executive Director

July 20, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has hired Charles F. Sams III, to serve as Deputy Executive Director beginning Monday July 27, 2020.  “We were fortunate to have several talented tribal member candidates, but the interview panel scored Mr. Sams highest,” said Ted Wright, Executive Director for the Tribes, “he is clearly well-qualified to help lead the CTUIR forward in this new role.”

In May of 2017, the Board of Trustees eliminated the position of Deputy Executive Director.  By fall of 2019 the Board directed Mr. Wright to review the need for the position.  The Tribes hired Moss Adams, LLP to conduct a full review of the organizational structure of the Tribes’ administration.  The report determined that a need existed for at least one and potentially two deputy positions.  Mr. Wright presented the report to the Board who directed him to develop a new position that would report to him directly.  The former position was co-equal with the Executive Director with the exception of financial approvals and some administrative matters.  The new position will supervise nine departments of the tribal administration and the Executive Director will supervise seven.  The updated organizational structure will help meet the demands placed upon the tribal government.

Mr. Sams has served in a number of executive positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors regionally and nationally over the past 25 years. He has worked for the CTUIR for the past eight years as the environmental health and safety officer/planner and communications director.  Mr. Sams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Concordia University and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.

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 to purchase Chromebooks for students

 July 28, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved the purchase of a Chromebook for every school-age tribal member.  

“The BOT has agreed to use some COVID-19 funds to ensure our CTUIR tribal member students are prepared to begin the school year with a Chromebook that will help them to be successful in a very different school year,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the BOT.

The Board of Trustees heard from families about challenges they faced when school work was moved online in the spring. While school districts made efforts to provide equipment, some households were sharing one device which made the days more difficult. 

Students from age 5 to 17 are eligible. “We will distribute information via email and Facebook when we have more information,” said Modesta Minthorn, Education Department Director. “There are approximately 687 students who are Tribal members and we are very pleased the Board has taken this step to support our youth.”

Acer Chromebooks are an affordable alternative to a laptop. They run on a Google Chrome operating system and offer less storage than a traditional Windows or Mac laptop but provide full access to the internet-based classroom activities that students need while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 Incident Command reduces allowable gathering sizes

July 2, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has reduced the maximum allowable size of gatherings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) to no more than 25 people indoors and no more than 50 people outdoors. The change is effective immediately.

The ICT, along with the Board of Trustees, urges community members to be proactive in reducing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, particularly when attending or holding gatherings over the 4th of July weekend. The best way to protect yourself and others is to limit the number of in-person gatherings you attend and the number of individuals you are in close contact with. When attending gatherings, keep at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others who are not in your immediate household.

“The virus is spreading at social gatherings. It’s up to you to stop the spread,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees and member of the ICT. “We are enforcing the highest standards of protection at our entities. But if we want to move forward, all of us need to fight this. Please be safe whether in your back yard for a barbeque or anywhere you go outside your home.”

As of today, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on the UIR has increased to 21. Many of the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have contracted the virus while at social events.

If you are at an event or in public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, wear a cloth face covering. After attending gatherings, it is recommended to monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending. If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider regarding testing.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U.

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 Incident Command Limits Gathering to 10 People

July 14, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has issued an immediate order and guidance on gatherings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The Incident Command is limiting all gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors or outdoors, businesses are exempt.  This limitation is to go into effect immediately.

In order for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to slow the spread of COVID-19 additional mitigation measures are necessary to protect the health and welfare of the Reservation community.

The ICT encourages community members to be proactive in reducing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, particularly as it pertains to attending or holding gatherings. The best way to protect yourself and others is to limit the number of in-person gatherings you attend and the number of individuals you are in close contact with. When attending gatherings, keep at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others who are not in your immediate household. If you are at an event or in public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, wear a cloth face covering. After attending gatherings, it is recommended to monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending. If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider regarding testing

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.

Incident Command Order & GuidanceMandatory Wearing of Face Masks

June 30, 2020 – The number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen exponentially in Oregon and throughout our Homelands.

New modeling of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to the latest model released on June 26 by the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling.

The modeling shows a continued growth of the spread of COVID-19 unless we follow more stringent mitigation measures. 

The Incident Command has required Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprises to have staff, visitors and guests wear face masks in our buildings since entering into Tier III Reopening. Governor Kate Brown has announced a requirement, beginning July 1, 2020 for face masks to be worn indoors in all buildings in Oregon. 

In order for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to slow the spread of COVID-19 additional mitigation measures are necessary to protect the health and welfare of our community.

The Incident Command is ordering a requirement that is the same as the State of Oregon.  Masks must be worn, for anyone who enters any and all government, enterprise, or private buildings (excluding personal homes) effective immediately.

The following is guidance for the wearing of face masks:

Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Requirement

  • All government/business employees and the general public when visiting any indoor space open to the public will be required to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering unless an individual meets the exemptions listed below.

Government/Business

Require employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, unless an accommodation or exemption is required by law or one of the following exemptions applies.

  • Employees, contractors and volunteers: Masks, face coverings or face shields are not required when eating/drinking or when at or in a location where the employee, contractor or volunteer is not interacting with the public and six (6) or more feet of distance can be maintained between other people. Customers and visitors: Masks, face shields or face coverings are not required in restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting room and distilleries while eating or drinking.
  • Masks, face shields or face coverings are not required when at a business and engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face shield or face covering not feasible, such as strenuous physical exercise, performers singing or playing an instrument if at least six (6) feet of distance is maintained from others.

Provide for accommodations and exemptions from the mask, face shield, or face covering requirement for employees, contractors, customers and visitors if such accommodations or exemptions are required by:

  • Federal disabilities laws if applicable, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment and requires employers to engage in the interactive process for accommodations.
  • Post clear signs about the mask, face shield, or face covering requirements.

The Public

Wear a mask, face shield, or face covering when at a business or indoor space open to the public, unless the individual:

  • Is under 12 years of age. Although a mask, face shield, or face covering is recommended for children 2-12.
  • Children 2 or younger should not wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
  • Anyone unable to remove their own mask, face shield or face covering should not wear one.
  • Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a mask, face shield, or face covering.
  • Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a mask, face shield, or face covering.

Previously approved Tier III Reopening Plans are still in place and all mitigation requirements for our entities are still in effect.

Compliance with this mitigation effort is critical to combatting the spread of COVID-19.  Additional measures may need to be taken if the spread of this virus continues to grow.

If you feel or become ill/sick, stay home.  Contact your primary care provider if you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and follow the directions of your health care provider.

For those needing assistance with securing masks contact Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center at (541) 966-9830 or the Department of Children & Family Services at (541) 429-7300.

The CTUIR Emergency Operations Plan, as approved by Resolution 16-023 designates an Incident Command to respond and implement emergency response for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  That Plan is guided by the U.S. National Incident Command System framework.  That framework focuses on rapid deployment of emergency response and services.

Please stay safe and healthy.

CTUIR Incident Command Status Update

July 1, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has developed several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

Cases of COVID-19 on the CTUIR and surrounding communities continue to rise. This includes 4 new positive COVID-19 viral tests 8am today, July 1, 2020, for a total of 11 positives. Many of the new infections appear to come from larger gatherings, including funerals, graduation parties, and religions events. In an effort to keep the community as safe as possible during this pandemic ICT would like to remind individuals about precautions they can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • It is suggested you do not attend large in-person gatherings.
  • If you are 65 years or older or have pre-existing medical conditions, such as a heart condition, lung condition, or diabetes, do not attend large gatherings.
  • Keep at least six-foot distance between yourself and others who are not in your immediate household.
  • If six-foot distance cannot be maintained, wear a cloth face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • After attending gatherings monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending.
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, contact your healthcare provider regarding a test.

Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. If you are a contact to a confirmed case or experience COVID-19 symptoms you will need to be tested. If you test positive your medical provide will contact you with further guidance. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 or their PCC if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

There is only so much capacity at Yellowhawk to test and contact trace individuals who come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. Due to the increase in positive tests and cases Yellowhawk may have fewer routine medical appointments and it may limit access to same day appointments.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U.

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 Incident Command Requires Masks to Be Worn Indoors

June 30, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has issued an immediate order and guidance on mandatory wearing of face masks on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The Incident Command has required Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprises to have staff, visitors and guests wear face masks in our buildings since entering into Tier III Reopening. Governor Kate Brown has announced a requirement, beginning July 1, 2020 for face masks to be worn indoors in all buildings in Oregon. 

In order for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to slow the spread of COVID-19 additional mitigation measures are necessary to protect the health and welfare of the Reservation community.

The Incident Command has ordered a requirement that is the same as the State of Oregon.  Masks must be worn, for anyone who enters any and all government, enterprise, or private buildings (excluding personal homes) effective immediately, June 30, 2020. “We must slow and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ted Wright, Executive Director and Incident Commander for CTUIR, “we must continue strong mitigation measures to ensure our safety.”

“Our community is very vulnerable to this disease and must be vigilant,” said Kathryn Brigham, Board of Trustees Chair, “the safety and health of our community is our top priority and we will do what is necessary to protect our people.”  The spread of COVID-19 continues to grow in Umatilla County, the homelands of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 30, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has developed several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

The ICT has been made aware that an individual who attended a large event has since tested positive for COVID-19. Seventeen (17) individuals have been identified as a close contact to this case. Close contacts are those who have been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more. If you are a close contact to a case you will be called by a contact tracer from Yellowhawk or the public health authority of your residence. Please answer your phone, even if you do not recognize the caller, and check your messages. 

Due to the possibility of increased exposure to COVID-19 on the CTUIR Yellowhawk will be increasing testing to accommodate the individuals who were a close contact to this positive COVID-19 case. Because of this increase Yellowhawk may have fewer routine medical appointments and it may limit access to same day appointments.

Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. If you are a contact to a confirmed case or experience COVID-19 symptoms you will need to be tested and should isolate yourself until you are tested. If you test positive your medical provider will contact you with further guidance. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 or their Patient Care Coordinator if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

The ICT encourages community members to be proactive in reducing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, particularly as it pertains to attending or holding gatherings. The best way to protect yourself and others is to limit the number of in-person gatherings you attend and the number of individuals you are in close contact with. When attending gatherings, keep at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others who are not in your immediate household. If you are at an event or in public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, wear a cloth face covering. After attending gatherings, it is recommended to monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending. If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider regarding testing.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U. 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 Incident Command Status Update

June 19, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has developed several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

The ICT will share information on a regular basis based upon available information. The ICT has reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community.

There are two cases of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR). To date, Yellowhawk has conducted 385 tests for COVID-19, 383 of which have returned negative.

Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

As of 12:01 am, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 188.

Oregon Health Authority reported 206 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 6,572.

The new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (23), Coos (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (3), Hood River (2), Jefferson (4), Klamath (12), Lane (3), Lincoln (31), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (20), Morrow (5), Multnomah (49), Umatilla (24), Union (6), Wallowa (1), Washington (17).

ICT will continue to provide updates moving forward every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U. This information will continue to be shared in the three updates provided each week by the ICT. Yellowhawk is charged with managing COVID-19 cases on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Current COVID-19 case information and testing results by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as of 4:00 PM today:

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 26, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has developed several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

The ICT will share information on a regular basis based upon available information. The ICT has reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community.

Yellowhawk conducted a COVID-19 testing clinic at the Wildhorse Casino on Tuesday, June 23rd. Five representatives from Yellowhawk tested 62 Wildhorse employees from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. All 62 of those tests were negative.

There are currently five cases of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR). To date, Yellowhawk has conducted 501 tests for COVID-19, 496 of which have returned negative. 

As of today the counties in the CTUIR ceded territory have reported the following new cases of COVID-19 in the past week: Benton (261), Umatilla (185), Union (56), Morrow (21), Walla Walla (21), Baker (0), Columbia (0), Grant (0).

Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 17, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. There is currently one case of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The ICT issued a press release today regarding Yellowhawk’s plans to increase access to testing. Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 183. Oregon now has 6,218 cases of COVID-19 including 6,007 confirmed cases and 211 presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 122 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (17), Deschutes (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lake (1), Lincoln (3), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (34), Polk (1), Umatilla (12), Union (2), and Washington (22). As of 2:00pm today, Umatilla County Public Health reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 203, including 189 confirmed and 14 presumptive cases. To date, 2511 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2322 of which have returned negative. The Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) reported 2 new cases in Union County, bringing the total number of cases in Union County to 242. CHD is working closely with OHA, Union County Incident Management Team and many other partners to best protect the residents of Union County. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 17, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Union County Incident Management Team issued a recommendation to Union County Commissioners to request citizens voluntarily return to Phase I regulations. The Board approved the request as a recommendation to the community. The Board also passed a recommendation to urge Union County citizens to adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidance related to wearing face covering and masks.
  • The Union County Incident Management Team is in the process of finalizing details for a COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19. Testing will be prioritized for individuals identified through contact tracing and investigations, mission critical workers such as medical staff, fire and emergency medical services, and law enforcement. More information can be found at http://neojic.union-county.org/.
  • Due to the outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union County, the La Grande Parks and Recreation Department has closed all park restrooms, Veterans’ Memorial Pool, and Summer Day Camp programs effectively immediately. Morgan Lake and playgrounds remain open.
  • One Community Health is holding a COVID-19 Testing Event at Celilo Village on June 19, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Emergency support including grocery store gift cards, farmers market tokens, cleaning and personal hygiene supplies, laundry costs, gas vouchers, and others will also be available at request and upon approval during the testing event.
  • Yellowhawk completed the third and final round of its CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study last week. Over 100 employee volunteers from Yellowhawk, Nixyaawii Governance Center, Arrowhead Travel Plaza, Mission Market, Kayak Public Transit, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and Tribal Police and Fire departments were tested three separate times, two weeks apart. Each participant received testing for a current infection of COVID-19 and a test for antibodies that might indicate the person had a previous COVID-19 infection. None of the tests for current infection came back positive. For the antibody tests, less than 1 percent came back positive.
  • The Department of Justice has posted a scam alert for people who are pretending to be contact tracers. Contact tracing, where public health staff contact individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, is an important part of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should feel safe answering calls from contact tracers. Contact tracers will identify they are with the tribal, local, or state public health agency when calling. Contact tracers will never ask for your:
    • Social security number
    • Immigration status
    • Credit card number, bank account or billing information

If someone calls asking for this information, hang up.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 18, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. There is one new case of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, bringing the total number of cases to two. Yellowhawk staff have contacted these individuals to identify any close contacts. Yellowhawk or another local public health department will call any contacts of cases to provide them with education and guidance. To date, Yellowhawk has conducted 378 tests for COVID-19, 376 of which have returned negative. Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed four additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 187. Oregon now has 6,366 cases of COVID-19 including 6,140 confirmed cases and 226 presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 148 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (12), Columbia (4), Hood River (3), Jefferson (4), Klamath (4), Lincoln (4), Linn (1), Malheur (4), Marion (26), Morrow (4), Multnomah (33), Polk (3), Umatilla (13), Union (5), Washington (25), and Yamhill (3). As of 1:00pm today, Umatilla County Public Health reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 223, including 208 confirmed and 15 presumptive cases. To date, 2591 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2383 of which have returned negative. The Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) reported 5 new cases in Union County, bringing the total number of cases in Union County to 247. The Union County Incident Management Team is holding drive-through testing clinics today and tomorrow in response to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past few days. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 18, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Union County Incident Management Team is holding a drive-through testing clinic tomorrow, Friday, June 18. Testing will be prioritized for individuals identified through contact tracing and investigations, mission critical workers such as medical staff, fire and emergency medical services, and law enforcement. More information can be found at http://neojic.union-county.org/.
  • One Community Health is holding a COVID-19 Testing Event at Celilo Village on June 19, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Emergency support including grocery store gift cards, farmer’s market tokens, cleaning and personal hygiene supplies, laundry costs, gas vouchers, and others will also be available at request and upon approval during the testing event.
  • Governor Kate Brown announced after delaying reopening for counties in the application phase for one week to evaluate the cause of recent increases in cases that effective tomorrow, Friday, June 19, 2020, Marion, Polk and Hood River counties are approved to enter into Phase 2 and Multnomah County is approved to enter into Phase 1.
  • Starting Wednesday, June 24, 2020 face coverings for the public while in indoor public spaces will be required in seven counties across Oregon: Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, and Washington. Noted exceptions include individuals with underlying health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings and children under the age of 12. Further guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding the mandate for face coverings will be released in the next few days.

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.

Yellowhawk Confirms One Case of COVID-19 on the UIR

June 16, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has confirmed through Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center there is one positive case of COVID-19 within the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR).

Yellowhawk has just completed the third round of its CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study, with more than 100 people testing negative over the course of six weeks. Yellowhawk staff are now working with the individual who has tested positive and we are conducting case investigations in accordance with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) investigative guidelines. Close contacts of this individual are being contacted and provided with education and guidance. A close contact is defined as anyone within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes.

The CTUIR has protocols in place to maintain the health and safety of employees and the community in the event of a positive case. Yellowhawk will now conduct additional COVID-19 surveillance testing.

“We have anticipated the possibility of a positive case and we are moving forward with our plan. I want to reinforce with the entire community that physical distancing and good personal hygiene are the best ways to stop this from spreading further,” Kat Brigham, CTUIR Chair.

To protect yourself and others, please:

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and other people not in your household.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in areas where it is difficult to maintain distance from others.
  • Avoid all personal contact with others not in your household (i.e. handshaking).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water (for at least 20 seconds) or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based).
  • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, phones, remotes, and light switches.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Follow all public health recommendations issued by the CTUIR ICT.

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell, or feel you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider. They will help decide if you need an appointment or need to be tested. Yellowhawk patients can call 541-966-9830 to speak with their healthcare provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 on the UIR, please visit ctuir.org/coronavirus.

CTUIR made aware of additional COVID-19 cases

June 17, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has been made aware of two employees of CTUIR entities who have tested positive for COVID-19.

These cases are in addition to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation that was announced on June 16. Yellowhawk staff are working with that individual to conduct case investigation and follow up with close contacts of the individual to provide them with education and guidance. Umatilla County is working with the other two individuals who came forward to inform CTUIR of their positive status. 

“We are aware of three cases of COVID-19 – one resident of the reservation and two employees who live off the reservation,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of CTUIR Board of Trustees. “We want to be as transparent as possible when we receive information. And we want to make sure everyone knows what to do if they believe they need a test.”

Yellowhawk patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested. Those who meet the following criteria must make an appointment in order to be tested between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

  • Yellowhawk patients will be tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a “known close contact” of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test.
  • A “known close contact” is someone who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case within six feet for 15 minutes or longer. They MUST self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor to see if any symptoms develop. They will be contacted by Yellowhawk or the Public Health Department in the county where they live to inform them of their exposure (14 day self-quarantines are legally enforceable).
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

People who live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation but are not Yellowhawk patients should call their primary care provider if they are experiencing symptoms or have concerns about their health. Employees of CTUIR entities are eligible for COVID-19 viral testing at Yellowhawk and should contact the clinic if they have questions or meet the testing criteria above.

“Please wear your masks and take all the precautions,” urged Brigham. “People are getting careless because we had no cases. But the virus is a threat and now we are surrounded by hot spots.”

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 12, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 173. Additionally, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting today that a Umatilla County resident previously diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. Umatilla County now has four COVID-19 related deaths. Oregon now has 5,377 cases of COVID-19 including 170 presumptive cases and 5,207 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 142 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (9), Columbia (3), Deschutes (2), Hood River (3), Jackson (2), Klamath (2), Lincoln (14), Marion (29), Multnomah (36), Polk (9), Umatilla (5), Union (4), Wasco (3), and Washington (21). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported one new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 158, including 149 confirmed and 9 presumptive cases. To date, 2265 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2116 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 12, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a one-week pause on all pending county applications for further reopening due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in both urban and rural parts of Oregon. Counties that have had their reopening put on hold include Multnomah County, who will not yet enter Phase 1 and Hood River, Marion and Polk counties who will not yet enter Phase 2. Public health officials will be using the time to assess the spread of COVID-19 and determine if Oregon needs to adjust its approach.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance for the public to reduce their risk of COVID-19 while participating in everyday activities. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Questions to consider before deciding to go out include:
    • How many people will you interact with? Interacting with more people raises your risk as well as being in a group of people who aren’t social distancing or wearing cloth face masks.
    • Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? The close you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
    • Will you be outdoors or indoors? Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it may be harder to keep distance between yourself and others and there’s less ventilation.
    • What’s the length of time you will be interacting with people? Spending more time with people increases your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

The CDC provides additional safety measures the public can take that are specific to dining at a restaurant, hosting gatherings or cook-outs, using gyms and fitness centers, traveling overnight, going to the bank, and visiting the library are provided. The guidance can be found at cdc.gov/covd-19.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 15, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Over the past three days, COVID-19 has claimed seven additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 180. Oregon now has 5,820 cases of COVID-19 including 5,625 confirmed cases and 195 presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting a total of 443 new confirmed and presumptive cases over the past three days including 158 new cases on Saturday, June 13; 101 new cases on Sunday, June 14; and 184 cases today, Monday, June 15. This weekend’s cases were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (33), Columbia (2), Hood River (11),  Jackson (4), Jefferson (3), Klamath (5), Lake (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (22), Linn (2), Malheur (5), Marion (45), Morrow (2), Multnomah (116), Polk (10), Umatilla (23), Union (109), Wasco (3), Washington (42), and Yamhill (1). As of 2:00pm today, Umatilla County Public Health reported 23 new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 183, including 172 confirmed and 11 presumptive cases. To date, 2402 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2230 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Additionally, the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) reported an outbreak of COVID-19 in Union County. Over the weekend, public health staff tested 365 residents. CHD announced 99 new cases today, noting that many test results are still being processed and the numbers may continue to increase in the coming days. A number of cases have been associated with Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. CHD Public Health staff are working to contact and isolate or quarantine those who may have been in close contact with these individuals. The 99 new cases brings the total number of COVID-19 in Union County to 123, including 121 confirmed cases and 2 presumptive cases. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 15, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • There will be a Graduation Parade for Nixyaawii Community School Seniors next Monday, June 22 starting at 5:00pm. Community members are requested to set up along the parade route to cheer on the graduates. The parade route begins at Nixyaawii Community School, goes to Nixyaawii Governance Center, to Yellowhawk, and back to Nixyaawii Community School. Attendees are requested to abide by social distancing guidelines and to wear masks as well.
  • Nixyaawii Community School Graduation Ceremony will be on Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 – 7:00PM at Wildhorse Golf Course. Due to limited space, this event is invitation only. Ceremony participants will watch the ceremony from their vehicles and tune into ceremony statements live on KCUW 104.3FM. Community supporters can view the ceremony on the CTUIR Tribal Facebook Page when it goes live at 7:00 PM.
  • The Pendleton School District Office will be open extended hours tomorrow for families to return Chromebooks. The District Office will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 from 7:00am – 7:00pm.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 10, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 5,060 cases of COVID-19 including 169 presumptive cases and 4,891 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 72 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Hood River (2), Jackson (6), Jefferson (6), Lane (1), Lincoln (4), Marion (5), Multnomah (32), Umatilla (4), and Washington (6). The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 169. As of 12:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported five new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 150, including 145 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 2176 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2031 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 10, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Pendleton Parks and Recreation Department shared details regarding playground and park use since Umatilla County has entered Phase II of reopening. Pendleton Playgrounds are now open with the following guidelines:
    • Playground visitors are encouraged to wash hands before and after visiting a playground.
    • Maintain physical distancing between yourself and others not in your immediate household of at least six feet.
    • Bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched.
    • Any individuals who are or may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home.

The playground amenities will not be sanitized.

  • The Oregon Department of Education released a blueprint for how public and private schools should prepare to operate amid COVID-19 for the 2020-21 school year. The framework, entitled “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” instructs districts to develop a back-to-school plan that uses a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff and families. Districts must develop communicable disease management plans and contingency plans in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks, including returns to fully distance learning and modified school year calendars as necessary. Districts must make their reentry blueprints available to the community by August 15, 2020. “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” can be found at oregon.gov/ode.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 11, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 171. Oregon now has 5,237 cases of COVID-19 including 161 presumptive cases and 5,076 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 178 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (47), Clatsop (1), Crook (2), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (3), Lake (2), Lane (3), Lincoln (9), Marion (34), Multnomah (43), Polk (4), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (15), and Yamhill (6). As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 156, including 148 confirmed and 8 presumptive cases. To date, 2204 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2056 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 11, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Nixyaawii Community School is requesting NCS Seniors and their parents to meet Principal Heinrich at the Wildhorse Golf Course tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at 10:00am for the final graduation and parade meeting.

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 offers emergency childcare services to employees

June 9, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Education Department will have a limited opening of childcare services beginning June 15, 2020.  The program is designed to meet the emergency childcare needs of CTUIR employees being called back to work at Nixyaawii Governance Center, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino and Cayuse Technologies. 

An application for emergency childcare for employees is available from the CTUIR Education Department. Everyone who needs emergency childcare will be required to complete an application.  Those who have previously received childcare services are still required to submit an emergency childcare application. There are limited spaces available. Emergency childcare services will be provided for children 6 months to 12 years of age at the Nixyaawii Education Center and the Community Center (old gym), Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm with scheduled drop off and pick up times.

The CTUIR Education Department is committed to providing the safest environment possible for children during this pandemic.  However, emergency childcare should be considered a last resort.  Keeping your child home with family is the best alternative to emergency childcare in order to lessen the chances of exposure to COVID-19.  These emergency childcare services are temporary and will end when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please contact Micki Fabian for an application at MickiFabian@ctuir.org or call her at 509-251-5807. Applications can be completed digitally and returned via email. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 9, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed five additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 169. Oregon now has 4,988 cases of COVID-19 including 147 presumptive cases and 4,841 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 70 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (16), Columbia (1), Hood River (6), Lincoln (2), Marion (8), Multnomah (27), Polk (1), Union (1), and Washington (7). As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 149, including 140 confirmed and 9 presumptive cases. To date, 2137 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1997 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 9, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR Education Department will have a limited opening of childcare services beginning June 15. 2020. The program is designed to meet the emergency childcare needs of CTUIR employees being called back to work at Nixyaawii Governance Center, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and Cayuse Technologies. Those employees requesting emergency childcare will be required to complete an application, even if they have previously received childcare services. Emergency childcare services will be provided for children 6 months through 12 years of age at the Nixyaawii Education Center and the Community Center (old gym), Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm. Contact Micki Fabian at MickiFabian@ctuir.org or 509-251-5807 for an application.

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.

Maximum size of social gatherings increased

June 8, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has moved into Phase III of their reopening plan for the community, Nixyaawii Governance Center and Tribal entities. The Stay At Home Order issued by the Board of Trustees remains in effect with changes consistent with Phase III of the reopening plan.

Citations were recently issued in response to an April gathering of approximately 17 adults that was held in violation of the initial Stay at Home Order, Resolution 20-028, which limited gatherings to no more than 10 people. The citations are a result of an investigation that was conducted by the Umatilla Tribal Police based on a complaint that was received. Upon the conclusion of an investigation, the Tribal Police submitted a report to the Tribal Prosecutor, who then issued citations to be served by Tribal Police. CTUIR Incident Command Team (ICT) was not part of the complaint, investigation or citations that were issued.

Individuals who wish to dispute the citation may do so before the Tribal Court. Tribal Court can determine whether a violation of law occurred and hear the concerns of the individuals cited. 

Currently, gatherings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) are limited to 50 people indoors or 100 people outside and social distancing standards of six feet should be maintained. Individuals are encouraged to use masks or face coverings when they are outside their household. 

In the event that public health conditions change, Tribal Government will issue plans for returning to an appropriate Reopening Tier if necessary and/or warranted based upon Public Health guidance and ICT direction.

A Reopening the Tribes Committee was appointed by the ICT in April to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data. On May 11, the Board of Treaties approved the Reopening Plan in Resolution 10-041. 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 Incident Command Status Update

June 8, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed three additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 164. Oregon now has 4,922 cases of COVID-19 including 4,775 confirmed cases and 147 presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting a total of 352 new confirmed and presumptive cases over the past three days including 93 new cases on Saturday, June 6; 145 new cases on Sunday, June 7; and 114 cases today, Monday, June 8. This weekend’s cases were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (38), Deschutes (1), Hood River (22), Jackson (2), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (128), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (30), Morrow (1), Multnomah (66), Polk (3), Umatilla (19), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (25), and Yamhill (6). As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported twelve new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 146, including 136 confirmed and 10 presumptive cases. To date, 2096 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1960 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 8, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR ICT has increased the maximum size of gatherings permitted on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Effective immediately, gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted indoors, while outdoor gatherings can include up to 100 people. As gatherings start to increase, it is necessary for all individuals attending to practice the following safety measures that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
    • Keep six feet between yourself and others not in your immediate household
    • Wear cloth face masks
    • Avoid contact with others not in your household, including hugs and handshaking
    • Hold gatherings outdoors, even smaller gatherings, to allow for more space and airflow
    • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures
    • Limit the number of gatherings you attend to lessen the number of people you are in contact with on a weekly basis
  • The Pendleton School District continues to provide free “Grab and Go” lunches for children throughout the summer. Lunches will be available Monday through Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Friday meals will be distributed with the Thursday meal. Meals are provided at the following locations:
    • Sherwood Elementary School
      3235 SW Nye Ave, Pendleton
    • Washington Elementary School
      1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton
    • Pendleton Early Learning Center
      455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton
    • Mission Community Gym
      73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

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.

Nixyaawii Governance Center to reopen June 15 with limited access for public

June 5, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will reopen the Nixyaawii Governance Center for employees to return to work on June 15, 2020.

Employees will be required to wear masks when moving throughout the building, reduce their face-to-face interaction with coworkers and have their temperature taken upon entry each morning. Some employees will continue to work from home and some will work on a staggered schedule.

“I want to assure you that every effort has been made to plan for a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.  Our goal is to minimize the number of people in close quarters and reduce the spread of any illness to maintain everyone’s good health,” said Ted Wright, CTUIR Executive Director in an email to employees on Friday, June 5. “Things will look and feel different when you arrive. By working together to maintain high standards of cleanliness and social distancing, we can continue to be healthy.”

Visitors may only enter the NGC with an appointment to do business in the building. All visitors will have their temperature taken by health personnel using a touchless thermometer and will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Employees are discouraged from scheduling meetings in person and should continue to do phone or video conference meetings when possible until further notice.

The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the CTUIR issued Resolution 20-028 on March 23, 2020 to establish Stay Home Orders on the Umatilla Reservation and it was later extended with Resolution 20-039 on April 27, 2020.  Since that time, most employees have been working from home.

The CTUIR Incident Command Team (ICT) appointed a Reopening the Tribes Committee in April to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data. On June 2, the ICT approved the Reopening Plan. 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 Incident Command Status Update

June 5, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 161. Oregon now has 4,570 cases of COVID-19 including 128 presumptive cases and 4,442 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 97 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (5), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (9), Jefferson (9), Klamath (1), Lincoln (4), Linn (3), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (12), Umatilla (1), Wasco (3), Washington (20), and Yamhill (4). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported four new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 130, including 124 confirmed and 6 presumptive cases. To date, 2005 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1881 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 5, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Due to changes in the frequency of reporting of COVID-19 cases by the Oregon Health Authority, the CTUIR Incident Command Team will no longer publish these daily press releases on Saturdays or Sundays. This is effective beginning this weekend, Saturday, June 6, 2020. All case numbers from the weekend will be published the following Monday.
  • The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation government offices and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed on Monday, June 8, 2020 in recognition of Treaty Day.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will reopen the Nixyaawii Governance Center for employees to return to work on June 15, 2020. The CTUIR Incident Command Team (ICT) appointed a Reopening the Tribes Committee in April to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data. On June 2, the ICT approved the Reopening Plan.

Employees will be required to wear masks when moving throughout the building, reduce their face-to-face interaction with coworkers and have their temperature taken upon entry each morning. Some employees will continue to work from home and some will work on a staggered schedule. Visitors may only enter the NGC with an appointment to do business in the building. All visitors will have their temperature taken by health personnel using a touchless thermometer and will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Employees are discouraged from scheduling meetings in person and should continue to do phone or video conference meetings when possible until further notice.

  • After undergoing further review by the Oregon Health Authority, Umatilla County’s application to enter Phase II starting tomorrow, Saturday June 6, 2020, has been approved. Phase II is the last full phase until there is a widely available treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Phase II includes:
    • An increase in social gatherings, including indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings up to 100 people
    • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to be open until midnight and expand outdoor seating
    • Faith communities and civic organizations can expand gatherings to 250 people, depending on occupancy size, sanitation protocols and the ability of attendees to remain physically distant
    • Return to work at indoor office spaces is permitted, although telecommuting is recommended
    • Swimming pools, bowling alleys, arcades, and movie theaters can resume operations with the appropriate safety guidelines implemented
    • Certain non-contact sports can resume, including non-contact youth sports, with the appropriate guidelines implemented

More information can be found at coronavirus.oregon.gov. 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 Incident Command Status Update

June 3, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 159. Oregon now has 4,399 cases of COVID-19 including 119 presumptive cases and 4,280 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 65 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (7), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (6), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), and Yamhill (4). The two Umatilla County cases OHA reported today were reported yesterday by Umatilla County Public Health. As such, the number of cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged from yesterday. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 124, including 119 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1905 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1786 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 3, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Kayak Public Transit will resume limited operations tomorrow, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Phase I of reopening for Kayak includes local bus routes on Metro, Mission Express, HART, and Rocket/Tripper. Requirements to ride Kayak include the following:
    • At least three (3) feet of physical distance between passengers
    • At least six (6) feet of physical distance between the driver and passengers
    • Face coverings are required, unless the individual meets the requirement for an exception as indicated in document OHA 2355, Specific Guidance for Transit Agencies. Exceptions include if the individual
      • Is under two years of age.
      • Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering.
      • Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering.
    • Essential trips only (shopping, medical appointments, pharmacy)

For additional information, please call Kayak Dispatch Office at 541-429-7519.

  • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building tomorrow, Thursday June 4th and Friday June 5th from 9am until 3pm. Students will be able to pick up any personal items and Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 4, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 4,474 cases of COVID-19 including 124 presumptive cases and 4,350 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 76 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (9), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (5), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (3), Lincoln (5), Linn (2), Marion (12), Multnomah (30), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (3), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported today. As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported one new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 125, including 120 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1964 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1844 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 4, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR tribal government’s reopening plan has been approved by the ICT. CTUIR government employees are scheduled to return to work at the Nixyaawii Governance Center, Monday, 7:30 AM, June 15, 2020. CTUIR Executive Director Ted Wright is expected to issue additional details regarding expected workplace changes to all employees soon.
  • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020 for students to return Chromebooks or collect items from lockers. This will be the last opportunity for retrieving personal items.
  • The Pendleton Farmers Market is starting its 2020 Market Season tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020. The Farmers Market will be located at Electric Sundown (formerly Elks Lodge) at 14 SE 3rd Street from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Volunteers and market staff will be there to provide directions to market shoppers to help ensure safety, foot traffic and social distancing. The Farmers Market has adopted the following safety guidelines:
    • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home.
    • Pre-orders are recommended when possible. Check the Pendleton Farmers Market Facebook page for vendors currently offering pre-orders.
    • If possible, send only one member of your household to shop.
    • Have your list of items that you are shopping for ready.
    • It is recommended that you wear a mask.
    • You must bring your own shopping bags, as vendors will not be able to hand out plastic bags.
    • Follow the directions provided by individual vendors.
    • Do not touch vendors’ products; they will retrieve your items for you.
    • Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
    • No pets allowed.
    • No smoking.
    • Wash and sanitize your hands often.
    • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market.
  • Twenty-six Oregon counties were approved to move into Phase II of reopening this weekend. Counties that were approved include the neighboring counties of Baker, Grant, Morrow, Union, and Wallowa. Those counties are approved for Phase II starting tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020, with the exception of Baker County, which will move into Phase II on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Umatilla County applied to enter Phase II on Saturday, but their application is still under review by the Oregon Health Authority. Phase II includes:
    • An increase in social gatherings, including indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings up to 100 people
    • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to be open until midnight and expand outdoor seating
    • Faith communities and civic organizations can expand gatherings to 250 people, depending on occupancy size, sanitation protocols and the ability of attendees to remain physically distant
    • Return to work at indoor office spaces is permitted, although telecommuting is recommended
    • Swimming pools, bowling alleys, arcades, and movie theaters can resume operations with the appropriate safety guidelines implemented
    • Certain non-contact sports can resume, including non-contact youth sports, with the appropriate guidelines implemented

More information can be found at coronavirus.oregon.gov. 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 Incident Command Status Update

June 1, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 154. Oregon now has 4,302 cases of COVID-19 including 110 presumptive cases and 4,192 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 59 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (5), Deschutes (2), Jackson (1), Jefferson (11), Josephine (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (3), Linn (2), Marion (13), Morrow (1), Multnomah (6), Polk (2), Umatilla (4), and Washington (4). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 121, including 117 confirmed and 4 presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 1, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Last week, Yellowhawk completed the second round of the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study. Over one hundred volunteers who are employees of the CTUIR or one of its entities and have been essential and frontline workers throughout the pandemic received testing for a current infection of COVID-19. All tests results returned negative, indicating that no one who participated in the study had a current infection of COVID-19.
  • Eighteen Oregon counties have their applications under review by the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase II of reopening. Neighboring counties that have their applications under review include the counties of Baker, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. If approved, these counties could enter Phase II as soon as Saturday, June 6, 2020, which marks 21 days since these counties entered Phase I.

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 Incident Command Status Update

June 2, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed three additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 157. Oregon now has 4,335 cases of COVID-19 including 115 presumptive cases and 4,220 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 33 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Hood River (4), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1), Wasco (2), and Washington (4). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 124, including 119 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1876 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1757 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 2, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • In recent days, communities across the country have gathered to protest the recent death of George Floyd and the countless number of other Black lives that have been taken unjustly at the hands of senseless, violent, and racist acts. Racism and the trauma it leaves in its wake creates inequities that disproportionately affect the health of people of color in this country. The ICT encourages community members to take proactive measures to protect themselves and others from another health threat facing our community, COVID-19. Whether you’re attending a protest or a gathering, please:
    • Do not go if you’re feeling sick. If you are feeling sick and have COVID-19 like symptoms, isolate yourself from others in your home. Call your healthcare provider to determine if you need an appointment or need to be tested.
    • Understand the risks that gatherings pose. Outdoor gatherings pose a lower risk than indoor gatherings. Other factors that impact your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 include the size of the gathering, the length of time you stay, and if you’re around others who are shouting or singing.
    • Keep a 6 feet distance from others who are not in your immediate household.
    • Wear cloth face coverings.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Carry hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based) and use it often.
    • Avoid touching objects and surfaces that others have touched.
    • Monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending. If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider regarding testing.
  • Yellowhawk Alcohol and Drug Prevention program will be offering a community smudge and hand drum songs throughout the Nixyaawii community tomorrow, June 2, 2020. Beginning at 3:00pm, a large smudge bowl with sage donated by community members will be in the back of a pick-up truck and driven through the community. For more information, please contact Kelsey Burns, Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education Program Coordinator at 541-240-8427.
  • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building starting tomorrow, Wednesday June 3rd through Friday June 5th from 9am until 3pm. Students will be able to pick up any personal items and Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 30, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 153. Oregon now has 4,185 cases of COVID-19 including 102 presumptive cases and 4,083 confirmed cases.Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing.OHA is reporting 55 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Hood River (2), Jefferson (2), Klamath (2), Lane (1), Marion (7), Multnomah (21), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), and Washington (12). The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 116, including 113 confirmed and 3 presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 30, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released guidance on the process for Oregon counties to apply for Phase II of reopening. Counties may enter Phase II only after 21 days in Phase I. Counties may apply for Phase II once it has passed 14 days in Phase I. For a county to enter Phase II, the county must continue to meet the criteria for entry into Phase I, which includes low rates of emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illnesses statewide, declining hospital admissions for COVID-19, an adequate contact tracing system, adequate isolation and quarantine facilities, sufficient testing capacity, sufficient health care capacity and a sufficient supply of PPE. New criteria that a county must demonstrate to enter Phase II include:

o A minimum of 95% of all new cases must be contact traced within 24 hours over the previous 7 day and 14 day time periods.

o A minimum of 70% of new COVID-19 positive cases must be traced to an existing positive case over the previous 7 day and 14 day time periods.

o No more than a five percent increase in new cases over the past 7 days or only an insignificant increase in the percent of test results returning positive in the past 7 days. A waiver may be granted for this criteria if a controlled outbreak in a group living or working facility is solely responsible for violating this criteria.

• Nine Oregon counties have their applications under review by the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase II of reopening. Neighboring counties that have their applications under review include the counties of Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa. Specific details regarding the activities that may be allowed in Phase II are not yet released, but may include optional increased work in offices, an increase in gathering size, and visitation to nursing homes. More information may be found at coronavirus.oregon.gov

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 31, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 4,243 cases of COVID-19 including 90 presumptive cases and 4,153 confirmed cases.Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing.OHA is reporting 58 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Deschutes (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (1), Jefferson (3), Lane (4), Marion (11), Multnomah (23), Wasco (1), Washington (5), and Yamhill (1). There were no additional COVID-19 related deaths reported today. The number of COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged from yesterday. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 116, including 113 confirmed and 3 presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 31, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• As of Friday, May 29, 2020, Oregon State Parks have reopened some first-come, first-served (FCFS) campgrounds with limited services. Those campgrounds include:

o Goose Lake, South of Lakeview

o Jackson Kimball, northwest of Chiloquin

o Minam, north of La Grande

o Hilgard Junction, near La Grande

o Catherine Creek, near Union

o Clyde Holliday, near John Day

o Cottonwood Canyon, southeast of The Dalles

More state parks are set to open for limited camping on June 9, 2020. State parks will open and close with little advance notice; updates will be posted online at oregonstateparks.org or by calling 800-551-6949 on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Visitors should continue to take measures to protect themselves and others by:

o Staying home if you’re sick

o Only visiting parks that are close to where you live

o Only visiting parks with members of your household

o Keeping at least 6 feet apart from people who are not from your household

o Wearing a cloth mask in congested areas

o Bringing all supplies – food, water, hand cleanser – needed for short trip

o If the park appears crowded, leaving and coming back at another time

• Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building on June 3rd, 4th and 5th. Students, if you have personal items to pick up, please do so on days listed. Seniors can pick up caps in the office, gowns will be here next week.

• Due to upcoming construction on Hwy 331, CTUIR IT communication services are being moved to new power poles at the entrance to Timíne Way. UMAREZ wireless services will be affected by this move and service will be down on Monday, June 1, 2020 starting at 9:00 am.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 28, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed three additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 151. Oregon now has 4,086 cases of COVID-19 including 92 presumptive cases and 3,994 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 49 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), Washington (12), and Yamhill (2). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting one new confirmed caseof COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 115, including 111 confirmed and 4 presumptive cases. To date, 1688 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1577 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 28, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Pendleton Parks and Recreation has released a parent survey to inform their planning for youth summer camps. The link to the survey can be found on the Pendleton Parks and Recreation Facebook page at facebook.com/PendletonParksRec

• The Pendleton High School Graduation Ceremony that will take place this Saturday, May 30th will be have a free live feed from Elkhorn Media Group. Tune in to 96.5GM/1290KUMA or listen online at www.mycolumbiabasin.com starting at 10am on Saturday.

• Effective May 28, 2020 Wildhorse Resort and Casino (WRC) was granted clearance to reopen their facilities at the Tier III level consistent with the Incident Command Team’s (ICT) Reopening Plan as authorized by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustee’s Resolution No. 20-041.

WRC provided the ICT with a tiered and phased approach plan to reopening the services of external restaurants, retail centers and public golf courses in accordance with Tier II and has now provided a plan for Tier III opening of the Casino & Resort, Hotel, Gift Shop and Cineplex. WRC addressed the concerns of ICT and specifically Public Health as required. WRC will monitor and report back to the ICT as to the progress of adhering to the Tier II & III requirements and further develop Tier IV & V protocols to plan for the eventual reopening of all operations for staff to return to service and the enjoyment of guests and visitors.  WRC is directed to develop a communications plan for the announcement of reopening at Tier III and provide that plan to both the ICT and BOT.

• CTUIR General Council Chair Lindsey Watchman conducted the weekly General Council Radio show today at 2PM on the KCUW 104.3FM airwaves. The show was recorded and is available for listening at www.soundcloud.com/kcuwradio

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 29, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 4,131 cases of COVID-19 including 102 presumptive cases and 4,029 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 48 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Curry (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (2), Marion (11), Multnomah (18), Wasco (1), and Washington (7). There were no additional COVID-19 related deaths reported today. As of 2:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting two new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19cases in Umatilla County is 116, including 113 confirmed and 3 presumptive cases. To date, 1739 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1626 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 29, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon Health Authority released new modeling today that estimates there may have been approximately 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon by May 22, 2020, when about 4,000 cases had been confirmed. The modeling, conducted by researchers at the Institute for Disease Modeling, states that “aggressive interventions in Oregon have been effective in dramatically reducing transmission rates.” The report states that if even with reopening, if social distancing continues to be practiced, the number of new cases per day should continue to decrease.

• Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order is set to expire on midnight this Sunday, May 31, 2020. Governor Jay Inslee announced that the order would be replaced with a new plan to allow counties more flexibility in advancing to the next phase of reopening or adding new business activity. Additionally, starting June 8, 2020, workers will be required to wear face coverings unless the worker does not interact with others on the job. Employers must provide face coverings to their employees. While face coverings for the general public are not required, they are strongly encouraged while in public.

• Due to upcoming construction on Hwy 331, UMAREZ wireless service will be down on Monday 6/1/2020 starting at 9:00 am.

• The Pendleton High School Graduation Ceremony that will take place this Saturday, May 30th at 10AM. Seth Scott, recipient of the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy, will give a graduation speech in the Weyiiletpuu/NezPerce language. You can view or listen to the event utilizing one of the following options:  

o Live feed from Elkhorn Media Group. 

o Tune in to 96.5GM/1290KUMA or listen online at www.mycolumbiabasin.como Pendleton High School YouTube channel – search for “phsmedia” on YouTube, then click on “Graduation 2020 Information Video”.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 26, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 3,967 cases of COVID-19 including 88 presumptive cases and 3,879 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 18 new confirmed cases and 1 new presumptive casesin the following counties: Clackamas (2), Crook (1), Marion (5), Multnomah (7),Washington (3), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today. As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19cases in Umatilla County is 113, including 109 confirmed and 4 presumptive cases. To date, 1605 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1496 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 26, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Nixyaawii Community School New Media Leadership class is collecting video clips and images of community members supporting the class of 2020 for a senior tribute/graduation video. Please consider creating one of the following:

o 10 – 15 second rally video of support (taken in landscape mode)

o A picture of your or your family in Golden Eagle gear

o A picture of you holding a sign of support for a student 

The deadline to submit your creation is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27. Email your creation to NCSNewMedia@gmail.com. If you have questions, text Michelle at 541-969-5026.

• Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the building tomorrow Wednesday, May 27, and next week Wednesday, June 3, Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5 for students to pick up personal items. Seniors can pick up caps in the office. Gowns will be available for pick up next week.

• The Pendleton Parks and Recreation Department shared details regarding park closures and restrictions while Umatilla County is still in Phase 1:

o Playgrounds, the Recreation Center and Helen McCune Gym remain closed.

o Parks and shelters are open for use. Picnic shelters are available for the public to use during the day on a first come, first served basis. Reservations for shelters can be made to ensure they are available for your group.

o Gatherings are limited to 25 individuals or less.

o The skate park is open and users are encouraged to practice safe social distancing.

o The opening of the Aquatic Center is undetermined at this time and depends on guidelines provided to counties as they enter Phase 2 and/or Phase 3 of reopening.

• The Oregon Employment Department announced a new plan to address the 38,000 backlogged unemployment claims in the state. ‘Project Focus 100’ aims to process 100 percent of the 38,000 claims as quickly as possible. To do so, the Employment Department will continue to hire and train new employees, assign the most experienced professionals to the oldest and most complex claims, increase proactive contact and communication, including pre-recorded phone messages, emails and a customer chat bot, and use technology to close gaps and improve service. From May 29 to June 12, the agency will dedicate staff to increase outbound calls to resolve claims for people who have been waiting the longest. 

• Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced today that Walla Walla County is eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan. Walla Walla County has submitted its application to the Department of Health to move into Phase 2, which takes three to five business days to approve. Once approved, Walla Walla County would be able to resume dine-in at restaurants at 50 percent capacity, in-store retail operations, professional and personal services, real estate operations, pet grooming businesses, fitness facilities, and more.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 27, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 4,038 cases of COVID-19 including 91 presumptive cases and 3,947 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Lake (2), Lincoln (2), Marion (6), Multnomah (41), Polk (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today. As of 12:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting one new confirmed case and one new presumptive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 115, including 110confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1633 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1523 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 27, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will resume Tuesday morning closures starting next Tuesday, June 2, 2020. As a part of its phased approach to reopening, some Yellowhawk services are also starting to resume:

o Behavioral Health

▪ Please call 541-240-8695 to make an appointment. Telehealth available when indicated.

▪ The following groups will meet in person:

▪ DUII Group: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30pm

▪ Anger Management: Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm

▪ Relapse Prevention: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm

▪ Seeking Safety: Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:50pm

▪ CD Education: Fridays, 9:00 – 10:00am

▪ Connections: Fridays 9:00 – 10:00am

o Medical Department

▪ A limited number of routine visits have resumed. Please call for an appointment.

▪ Sieders: Monday – Thursday, call Mikhy at 541-240-8639

▪ Thurman: Monday – Thursday, call Alicia at 541-240-8637

▪ Winde: Wednesday – Friday, call LaShay at 541-240-8655

▪ Scheduling will be reassessed with the completion of each Surveillance Study to determine prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.

o Dental Department

▪ Dental is open for limited appointments, based on the procedure. Please call 541-240-8698 to make an appointment. Patients should call ahead for emergency walk-in appointments.

o Optometry

▪ Will be open on Fridays and patients will be contacted for appointments. If you need an appointment leave a message at 541-240-8565 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

o Podiatry

▪ Podiatry will also resume limited routine visits as of Thursday, May 28, 2020.

o Community Wellness Services

▪ Senior Meal Delivery will now be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Center will remain closed for congregate meals. Questions? Call 541-240-8700.

▪ Weekly elder calls

▪ Medical transportation and medication deliveries

▪ Nutrition visits, please call 541-240-8524

▪ WIC visits by phone at 541-240-8521 or text 541-215-2163

▪ Home visits for medically necessary visits such as injections and wound care

▪ Community Garden Volunteers Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 – 3:30pm

For questions, contact the Community Wellness Department at 541-240-8697.

• Walla Walla County has been granted its variance from the Washington Department of Health to enter Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Plan to reopening Washington. Business in Walla Walla County who are eligible to open and comply with guidelines will be allowed to open immediately. Industries such as retail, real estate, personal services, construction and manufacturing, and dine-in at restaurants can resume some services. Gatherings are limited to no more than five people from outside your household per week.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 24, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 12:01am today, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 148. Oregon now has 3,927 cases of COVID-19 including 89 presumptive cases and 3,799 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 43 new confirmed cases and 3 new presumptive casesin the following counties: Clackamas (1), Crook (2), Deschutes (6), Jackson (2),Lincoln (1), Linn (4), Marion (7), Multnomah (3), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (17), and Yamhill (1). The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 111, including both confirmed and presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 24, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Friends of Olney and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 922 is hosting its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 11:00am at Olney Cemetery. The ceremony will be recorded and shared on the Pendleton Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

• The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington will be holding a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9:00am tomorrow, Monday, May 25. The event will be available through the Walla Walla VA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vawallawalla

• The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation government offices and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed Monday May 25th, 2020 in recognition of Memorial Day.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 25, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 3,949 cases of COVID-19 including 88 presumptive cases and 3,861 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 19 new confirmed cases and 4 new presumptive casesin the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Jackson (3), Josephine (1), Marion (4), Multnomah (5), Umatilla (1), and Washington (5). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 112, including both confirmed and presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 25, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Nixyaawii Community School New Media Leadership class is collecting video clips and images of community members supporting the class of 2020 for a senior tribute/graduation video. Please consider creating one of the following:

o 10 – 15 second rally video of support (taken in landscape mode)

o A picture of your or your family in Golden Eagle gear

o A picture of you holding a sign of support for a student

Email your creation to NCSNewMedia@gmail.com by this Wednesday, May 27, 2020. If you have questions, text Michelle at 541-969-5026.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 22, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 147. Oregon now has 3,864 cases of COVID-19 including 94 presumptive cases and 3,770 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 45 new confirmed cases and 3 new presumptive casesin the following counties: Clackamas (5), Clatsop (2), Curry (1), Jackson (3), Linn (2), Malheur (4), Marion (8), Multnomah (11), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), and Washington (10). The number of COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged from yesterday. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is110, including 105 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1500 total COVID-19 tests results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1395 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 22, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the ICT would like to recognize and honor all those who have  fought and died to protect our freedoms. We encourage everyone to stay local this weekend and avoid crowded areas, including parks and trails. Families gathering to honor loved ones should work to protect themselves and others by continuing to follow all recommended practices for keeping one another healthy including keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing a cloth face mask, and remaining vigilant about handwashing and using hand sanitizer.

• The CTUIR ICT will allow for gatherings of up to 25, so long as social distancing is practiced among all attendees. When gathering, please:

Keep six feet between yourself and others not in your immediate household

Wear cloth face masks

Avoid contact with others not in your household, including hugs and handshaking

Hold gatherings outdoors, if possible, to allow for more space and airflow

• The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Food Distribution will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00am.

Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries 

What: Food Distribution 

When: Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Mission Gym/Community Center 

Sponsor: CTUIR

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions. 

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household. 

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve. o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

• CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need. Public Works staff will also be handing out face masks at the refill station until supplies run out.

• Nixyaawii Community School New Media Leadership class is collecting video clips and images of community members supporting the class of 2020 for a senior tribute/graduation video. If you are attending the DCFS Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23, or are in the area and want to participate, dress your car up or wear Nixyaawii gear to be photographed. Representation and support of surrounding 2020 graduating classmates (Pendleton, Weston-McEwen, Pilot Rock, etc.) is encouraged as well. 

• Wildhorse Resort and Casino has received approval from the CTUIR ICT to enter Tier II of its phased reopening plan. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, the Wildhorse Golf Course and Grill will allow for on-site consumption with social distancing measures in place. Hamley Steakhouse with on-site consumption and opening of the Western Store and Café will open on Tuesday, May 26.

• Kayak Public Transit continues to formulate necessary preparations in order to resume transit services. Those preparations include modifications to buses, obtaining sufficient PPE for staff & riders, staff training and more. In the interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will not operate during the week of May 25-30.

• The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation government offices and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed Monday May 25th, 2020 in recognition of Memorial Day. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 23, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. Oregon now has 3,888 cases of COVID-19 including 89 presumptive cases and 3,799 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 28 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive casesin the following counties: Clackamas (2), Clatsop (1), Crook (3), Deschutes (2),Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (4), Umatilla (2), Wallowa (1), Washington (6), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today. The number of COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 110, including 105 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 23, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) annual Memorial Day tradition will take place on Monday in a new format. The agency will hold its first Virtual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony on ODVA’s Facebook page at 10:00am on Monday, May 25, or anytime thereafter. The virtual ceremony will include messages reflecting on the importance of our nation and the generations of proud veterans that have safeguarded it.

• As the ICT has permitted an increase an gatherings of up to 25, sharing meals with one another may become more common. There is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-10 through food. However, like other viruses, it is possible that SARS-CoV-2 can survive on surfaces or objects which is why it is so important to keep your hands and cooking surfaces clean. As you’re preparing food:

o Wash your hands after handling food packaging, after removing food from the packaging, before you prepare food for eating and before you eat.

o Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

o Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces.

o Handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meals to the right temperature to kill harmful germs.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 20, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed four additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 144. Oregon now has 3,801 cases of COVID-19 including 100 presumptive cases and 3,701 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 65 new confirmed cases and 10 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clatsop (4), Deschutes (9), Josephine (2), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (24), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (4), Washington (14), and Yamhill (1). Umatilla County Public Health is reporting one new presumptive case today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 106, including 103 confirmed cases and 3 presumptive cases. To date, 1432 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1329 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 20, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board shared COVID-19 testing data from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho tribes that indicate roughly 10% of tests performed are returning positive for COVID-19. Please remember that there continues to be a risk when traveling to other NW Tribal communities or when visitors travel to CTUIR. 

• The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Food Distribution originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed until Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00am. Please share the information with Elders and others who may not have access to social media.

• Nixyaawii Community School New Media Leadership class is collecting video clips and images of community members supporting the class of 2020 for a Senior tribute/graduation video. If you are attending the DCFS Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23, or are in the area and want to participate, dress your car up or wear Nixyaawii gear to be photographed. You can also create a 10-15 second rally video of support in landscape mode, a picture of you or your family in Golden Eagle Gear, or a picture of you holding a sign in support of a student and email to NCSNewmedia@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Representation and support of surrounding 2020 graduating classmates (Pendleton, Weston-McEwen, Pilot Rock, etc.) is encouraged as well. 

• If you are an employee of CTUIR or one of its entities and will have childcare needs as you return to work, please fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTUIRChildcareNeeds. The CTUIR ICT has established an interdisciplinary team comprised of staff from Department of Children and Family Services, Education, Enrollment, Public Works and Yellowhawk to assess the childcare needs of employees as CTUIR reopens and employees begin returning to work. The survey will close on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00pm.

• Oregon Housing and Community Services has distributed $8.5 million to 18 local agencies to help tenants who have been affected by COVID-19 pay rent during the pandemic.o Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla or Wheeler County residents should contact the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) at 541-276-1926or visit www.capeco-works.org/housing for information on the COVID-19 Rent Relief program and to fill out an application.o Baker, Grant, Union or Wallowa County residents should contact Community Connection of Northeast Oregon at 541-963-3186 or visit www.ccno.org

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 21, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 145. Oregon now has 3,817 cases of COVID-19 including 92 presumptive cases and 3,725 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 24 new confirmed cases in the following counties: Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Malheur (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (8),Umatilla (3), and Washington (3). Umatilla County Public Health is reporting 2 new confirmed cases and 2 new presumptive cases today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 110, including 105 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1485 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1380 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 21, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Food Distribution will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00am.

Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries 

What: Food Distribution 

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Where: Mission Gym/Community Center 

Sponsor: CTUIR

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions. 

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household. 

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve. 

o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

• CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need. 

• Yellowhawk Project LAUNCH staff are holding a Spring Supply Send Out each Friday in May for families to collect activity supplies such as books, bubbles, andarts and crafts materials. Staff will be onsite at the Pendleton School District lunch distribution in the CTUIR Mission Gym parking lot tomorrow, Friday, May 22 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Project LAUNCH staff will also be distributing supplies at the CTUIR DCFS Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00am.

• The Oregon Employment Department announced that individuals who have run out of their regular benefits will be able to continue receiving benefits through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Individuals who have used up all of their benefits from a current claim for regular employment will be eligible for the 13-week extension of regular unemployment insurance. Those who run out of regular benefits will have to apply on the online claim system website or through mail.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 19, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 140. Oregon now has 3,726 cases of COVID-19 including 90 presumptive cases and 3,636 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 33 new confirmed cases and 8 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Curry (1), Deschutes (6), Jackson (1), Marion (12), Multnomah (9), Umatilla (3), Washington (6), and Yamhill (3). Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a total of four new positive cases today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 105, including 103 confirmed cases and two presumptive cases. To date, 1366total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1263 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 19, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• CTUIR General Council officers will be hosting a Facebook Live event tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in recognition of CTUIR Flag Day. The Facebook Live event will start at 2:00pm tomorrow. The link to the event can be found on the CTUIR Facebook page at facebook.com/CTUIR or by searching CTUIR General Council.

• Mission Market Fuel Stations will be closed Wednesday morning for fuel dispenser upgrades 6AM to 11AM. The store drive through will also be “cash only” on from 7am-11am due to updates.

• The Pendleton School District has started to release plans for graduation ceremonies this year. Pendleton High School senior students and their parents received information last week regarding modified plans for a drive-through graduation that will occur on Saturday, May 30, 2020. A livestream virtual ceremony will begin at 10:00am at the Round-Up Grounds, followed by a modified strategy to distribute diplomas. Hawthorne graduates will have a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, in the PTEC parking lot beginning at 6:00pm. More information can be found on the Pendleton School District website at pendleton.k12.or.us.

• If you are an employee of CTUIR or one of its entities and will have childcare needs as you return to work, please fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTUIRChildcareNeeds. The CTUIR ICT has established an interdisciplinary team comprised of staff from Department of Children and Family Services, Education, Enrollment, Public Works and Yellowhawk to assess the childcare needs of employees as CTUIR reopens and employees begin returning to work. The survey will close on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00pm.

• CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to hold a Food Distribution on 

Thursday, May 21st 2020: 

Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries 

What: Food Distribution 

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where: Mission Gym/Community Center 

Sponsor: CTUIR 

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions. 

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household. 

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve. o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300

• CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need. 

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.

Umatilla Indian Reservation residents urged to prepare for flooding

May 20, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) urges residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to monitor river conditions and be prepared to evacuate if water rises quickly.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Pendleton issued a Flood Warning on May 20 at 8:32 a.m. for urban areas and small streams in Umatilla County and several other areas in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

“Please continue to monitor river conditions at sites that historically flood first.We have sand bags ready to be deployed  to sites that may need to be reinforced,” said CTUIR Public Safety Director Rob Burnside. “The public should be ready to evacuate their home in case water starts to rise quickly.”

According to the NWS, flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the warning area. Between one and two inches of rain have fallen.Rapid rises will continue on numerous small streams, creeks and rivers across the warned area with many reaching bankfull and seeing flooding today through tonight. People along creeks and streams that were affected by the February flooding should be extra cautious as high water levels may not behave as they have seen in the past.

CTUIR recommends the following preparations:

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  • Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember that your evacuation route may be on foot depending on the type of disaster.
  • Come up with a family/household plan to stay in touch in case you become separated; have a meeting place and update it depending on the circumstance.
  • Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation. Prepare a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling longer distances if you have a car.
  • If you have a car:

– Keep a full tank of gas if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.

– Make sure you have a portable emergency kit in the car.

  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if needed. Decide with family, friends or your local emergency management office to see what resources may be available.
  • Check with local officials about what shelter spaces are available for this year.  Coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
  • If you evacuate to a community shelter, follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and your family from possible coronavirus: people over 2-years-old should use a cloth facial covering while at these facilities. –  Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like cloth face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces.

– Maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and people who aren’t in your immediate family.

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.

Board of Trustees provides COVID-19 Credit Relief through CTUIR loan program

May 18, 2020 – The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation approved CTUIR COVID-19 Credit Relief under Resolution 20-047 on May 18, 2020. The Credit Relief provides a waiver of CTUIR Credit Program loan fees through June 26, 2020. The Relief also temporarily defersCredit Program loan payments until June 26, 2020 for CTUIR members who areunemployed or furloughed due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.    

“The Credit Relief is designed to help CTUIR members who are experiencing financial distress due to the Coronavirus,” said Board Chair Kat Brigham. “We know, for example, many CTUIR members furloughed by Wildhorse are still having trouble getting unemployment claims processed. And they would usually make payroll deduction payments and are unable to service their loans except by direct payment.”  

The Board, considered other relief options with input from the Credit Board, the Nixyaawii Community Financial Services (NCFS) Board and program staff. Given the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of Tribal enterprises and operations, the Board is protecting the viability of the Credit Program by ensuring that funds remain available for future CTUIR member loans as we navigate through the CTUIR COVID-19 response.

Current CTUIR members that are having trouble making their usual loan payments to the Credit Program should contact Credit Program Loan Officer Marlene Hale at (541) 429-7152 or e-mail at MarleneHale@ctuir.org to discuss their options.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 18, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 138. Additionally, at 3:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported that an individual previously reported to have COVID-19 has died. Umatilla County’s third COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old female who tested positive May 4th and died May 16th at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. This individual had underlying health conditions. Oregon now has 3,687 cases of COVID-19 including 83 presumptive cases and 3,604 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 62 new confirmed cases and 2 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5),Jackson (1), Lane (1), Malheur (2), Marion (16), Multnomah (12), Umatilla (5), Union (1), Washington (10), and Yamhill (2). Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a total of six new positive cases today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 99. There are three presumptive cases. To date, 1362 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1263 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 18, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• If you are an employee of CTUIR or one of its entities and will have childcare needs as you return to work, please fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTUIRChildcareNeeds. The CTUIR ICT has established an interdisciplinary team comprised of staff from Department of Children and Family Services, Education, Enrollment, Public Works and Yellowhawk to assess the childcare needs of employees as CTUIR reopens and employees begin returning to work. The survey will close on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00pm.

• Yellowhawk completed its first round of the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study last week. Over one hundred employees of the CTUIR and its entities who have continued working throughout the past two months and often had job duties that required exposure to the public received testing for a current infection of COVID-19. One hundred percent of test results returned negative, indicating that no one who participated in the study had a current infection of COVID-19. These study participants will be re-tested two more times at two weeks interval to determine how the infection rate may change over time.

• The CTUIR Board of Trustees approved CTUIR COVID-19 Credit Relief under Resolution 20-047 today, providing a waiver of CTUIR Credit Program loan fees through June 26, 2020. The Relief also temporarily defers Credit Program loan payments until June 26, 2020 for CTUIR members who are unemployed or furloughed due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Current CTUIR members that are having trouble making their usual loan payments to the Credit Program should contact Credit Program Loan Officer Marlene Hale by phone at (541) 429-7152 or by email at MarleneHale@ctuir.org to discuss their options.

• The CTUIR Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the Tribal-State Compact for the Regulation of Class III Gaming in Resolution 20-048. The amendment, for the year 2020 only, allows the Tribes to waive its obligation to fund the Wildhorse Foundation. Due to the closure of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino March 2-4 and since March 18th, Wildhorse revenues are expected to be significantly lower in 2020.  Therefore, under the proposed Compact amendment, the BOT directed that the Wildhorse Foundation contributions be paid into the Tribal Contingency Fund if funds are available for such payments. 

• CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to hold a Food Distribution on 

Thursday, May 21st 2020: 

Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries 

What: Food Distribution 

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where: Mission Gym/Community Center 

Sponsor: CTUIR 

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions. 

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household. 

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve. 

o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

• CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 17, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, Oregon now has 3,623 cases of COVID-19 including 81presumptive cases and 3,542 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 9 new confirmed cases and 3 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Lincoln (1), Marion (3), Multnomah (5), and Polk (1). There were no new COVID-19 related deaths reported today. There are currently 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 17, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon Energy Fund provides funds for energy assistance to more than 30 partner agencies and nonprofits in Oregon. To find local resources for assistance in paying your electric bill, visit http://www.oregonenergyfund.org/energy-assistance and enter your county or zip code. If you live in Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, or Wheeler county, the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) is your source for energy assistance. Visit http://www.capeco-works.org/energy or call 541-276-1926.

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.

Board of Trustees approves amendment to compact with State of Oregon

May 18, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved an amendment to the Tribal-State Compact for the Regulation of Class III Gaming in Resolution 20-048 on May 18, 2020. The amendment, for the year 2020 only, allows the Tribes to waive its obligation to fund the Wildhorse Foundation.

Under the current Compact, which was approved by the CTUIR, the State of Oregon and the Secretary of Interior in 2008, the CTUIR committed to allocating a percentage of its net gaming revenue to the Wildhorse Foundation for distribution to local government and charitable entities within four Oregon counties (Umatilla, Union, Morrow and Wallowa), the CTUIR ceded territory in Washington (Tri-Cities and Walla Walla) and to Native American organizations.  To date, the Wildhorse Foundation has issued grants totaling more than $13million to regional organizations.

Due to the closure of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino March 2-4 and since March 18th, Wildhorse revenues are expected to be significantly lower in 2020.  Therefore, under the proposed Compact amendment, the BOT directed that the Wildhorse Foundation contributions be paid into the Tribal Contingency Fund if funds are available for such payments.

“The Wildhorse Foundation is important to so many grant recipients throughout southeast Washington and northeastern Oregon,” said BOT Chair Kat Brigham. “We are anxious to get through this financial downturn so we can get the Wildhorse Foundation fully functional again in addition to our Tribal government and our casino.”

The Tribes rely on Wildhorse revenues to support Tribal government programs and services to the residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and these revenues will be substantially reduced as a result of the Wildhorse closure.  A temporary waiver of the Tribes’ obligation to contribute to the community benefit fund for the year of 2020 would allow theTribes to use those funds to offset the reduction of revenue and support Tribal government programs and services.  

The Tribal Gaming Commission adopted a Resolution recommending Board of Trustees approval of Compact Amendment II. The amendment will be sent to Salem for approval by Governor Kate Brown and then to the Secretary of Interior for approval as required by Federal law.  The Compact amendment will be implemented immediately pursuant to a Letter Agreement executed by legal counsel to the CTUIR and the State. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 15, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, Oregon now has 3,541 cases of COVID-19 including 71presumptive cases and 3,470 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 63 new confirmed cases and 1 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (17), Polk (1), Umatilla (3), Union (1), Wallowa (1), and Washington (4). There were no new COVID-19 related deaths reported today. There are currently 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 1295 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1202 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 15, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, May 18 – May 23, 2020. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before May 22, 2020.

• The Oregon Health Authority issued new guidance on masks and face coverings for business, transit, and the public.

o Businesses, including grocery stores, gyms and fitness centers, pharmacies, personal service providers, retail stores, and restaurants and bars must provide and require employees, contractors, and volunteers to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, unless an accommodation for people with disabilities or other exemption applies.

o Transit agencies must require riders to wear face coverings and provider one for a rider that does not have one. An individual must wear a face covering when riding public transit unless the individual:

▪ Is under two years of age.

▪ Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering.

▪ Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering.

o It is strongly recommended that individuals, including children between 2 and 12 years of age, wear a face covering at all times in settings like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals outside their family unit cannot be maintained, and vulnerable people must go. Face coverings for children should be worn with the assistance and close supervision of an adult. Face coverings should never be worn by children when sleeping.

o A total of 113 tests were conducted at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as part of the initial phase of their COVID-19 surveillance study. General data results will be announced pending patient notification and/or in Monday’s update. For more information on the study, please go to Yellowhawk.org.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 16, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am, Oregon now has 3,612 cases of COVID-19 including 78presumptive cases and 3,534 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 64 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (1), Lane (3), Linn (1), Malheur (2), Marion (27), Multnomah (22),Umatilla (2), Wasco (2), Washington (8), and Yamhill (2). OHA is also reporting that four previously reported presumptive cases are now considered confirmed cases after lab results came back positive. These four cases have been added as new confirmed cases in the list of new cases by county, but are not added to the overall statewide total. There were no new COVID-19 related deaths reported today. There are currently 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 16, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed a new online tool, the Veteran Resource Navigator, to assist veterans and their families in locating federal, state, and local resources that will assist in COVID-19 recovery and inform them of any changes to their earned benefits. The Veteran Resource Navigator is available online at www.oregon.gov/odva. Veterans can also access additional assistance by calling and ODVA Veteran Resource Navigator at 800-692-9666.

• The Oregon Department of Human Services has developed a new website to help connect Oregonians to local food resources including school meal programs, food banks and pantries, meals for older community members and applications for food assistance programs. To find resources, visit needfood.oregon.gov

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 Opens Traditional Sweat for Immediate Family and Households

May 14, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has worked on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. 

On March 24, 2020, Order: 20-01 was issued by the CTUIR ICT that temporarily prohibited all forms of traditional sweat. 

The CTUIR ICT has reconsidered the temporary order and effective today, May 14, 2020, is granting permission to CTUIR community members to practice traditional sweat with only those that live within their immediate households. It is highly encouraged that sweat only continue with individuals that reside within your household and does not include extended family or community members (to include community sweat). 

There is still a great risk of spreading COVID-19 within the CTUIR community. Any conditions in which you are within a confined space with little to no airflow will quickly exacerbate the spread from one individual to another. To date, there have been no research studies to prove, or disprove, that conditions within a traditional sweat lodge will “kill” the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. 

The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 14, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 137. Oregon now has 3,479 cases of COVID-19 including 72 presumptive cases and 3,407 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 67 new confirmed cases and 0 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Deschutes (2), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (33), Multnomah (19), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Washington (2), and Yamhill (5). As of 2:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported a total of three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is currently 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 presumptive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 1181 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1091 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 14, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Governor Brown held a press conference this morning announcing which of the 33 counties that applied to begin reopening with Phase I tomorrow were approved to do so. Twenty-eight of the 33 counties that applied were approved including Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa. At the time of the press conference Jefferson, Morrow and Umatilla counties needed to provide additional information before their applications could be approved, however by 2:00pm, these three counties were approved to move to Phase I. Counties approved to enter Phase I may reopen the following areas with safety and health guidelines in place:

o Restaurants and bars must:

▪ Ensure tables are spaced at least six (6) feet apart so that at least six (6) feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables

▪ Require all employees to wear cloth face or disposable coverings

▪ End all on-site consumption of food and drinks by 10pm

o Personal care services (salons, barber shops, massage, etc.) must:

▪ Make appointments with pre-appointment health check

▪ Maintain a customer log

▪ Maintain six feet physical distancing between clients

▪ Remove all magazines, newspapers, snacks and beverages from waiting areas

▪ Require face coverings by employees and clients (depending on services provided)

o Gyms/fitness must:

▪ Limit maximum number of customers accordingly

▪ Enforce physical distancing & sanitation

o Local gatherings must:

▪ Limit local gatherings to 25 with no traveling

Additionally, sectors that may open statewide beginning on May 15 include:

o Stand-alone retail operations

o Local outdoor recreation activities, including many state parks

o Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers

• On April 27, 2020 the CTUIR BOT passed Resolution 20-039, extending the Stay Home Order on the Umatilla Reservation and its entities through June 1, 2020. This order is still in effect. Community members are encouraged to stay home except for essential trips. When needing to leave homes or residences, community members are encouraged to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person who is not a member of their immediate household and wear a cloth face covering.

• The CTUIR Incident Command Team has amended its previous order to temporarily prohibit all forms of traditional sweat. Effective immediately, CTUIR community members may practice traditional sweat with only those that live within their immediate households. It is highly encouraged that sweat only continue with individuals that reside within your household and does not include extended family or community members (to include community sweat). There is still a great risk of spreading COVID-19 within the CTUIR community. Any conditions in which you are within a confined space with little to no airflow will quickly exacerbate the spread from one individual to another. To date, there have been no research studies to prove, or disprove, that conditions within a traditional sweat lodge will “kill” the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

• A special video message from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees can be found on the CTUIR, CUJ & KCUW Facebook pages as well as the tribes YouTube channel (Search CTUIR).

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 13, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 134. Oregon now has 3,416 cases of COVID-19 including 78 presumptive cases and 3,338 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 55 new confirmed cases and 4 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Clatsop (3), Columbia (1), Coos (1), Hood River (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (23), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), and Washington (13). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported a total of three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is currently a total of 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 presumptive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 1097total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 1010 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 13, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• A Virtual Call Center has been established by the CTUIR Office of the Executive Director. The Call Center staff have been contacting CTUIR members to determine the needs of Tribal members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as needed financial assistance for housing, groceries, utilities and other basic living expenses. Call Center staff have been unable to reach some Tribal members because their phone numbers on record with the Enrollment Department are not current. Updated contact information can be submitted via email, phone, or dropped off at Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC). Email enrollment@ctuir.org or call and leave your contact information on voicemail at 541-429-7035.

• The CTUIR Incident Command Team has removed the 75-mile travel restriction that was put in place to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. When considering whether to travel, community members should consider the following questions:

o Is it essential that I travel?

▪ We encourage essential travel versus travel for leisure or vacation. Essential travel includes medically necessary care and appointments.

▪ Travel only with members of your immediate household.

▪ Air travel continues to be highly discouraged as airlines are currently having difficulty enforcing social distancing and other safety measures.

o Am I aware of the current COVID-19 case rates where I am traveling to?

▪ We highly encourage community members avoid traveling to COVID-19 “hotspots.”

o Do I have a face mask to use and will I be able to follow social distancing?

▪ It is recommended that individuals wear face coverings while in public and maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times with individuals not in your immediate household.

▪ Ensure you have needed supplies – food, water, hand cleanser.

o Do I want to risk contracting COVID and bringing it back to my family and community?

▪ There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the boundaries of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

▪ You may not be showing symptoms of COVID but can still spread the disease.

▪ If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell, or feel you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider.

• Nixyaawii Community School will be open tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 from 9:00am to 3:00pm for students to pick up their belongings. Seniors can also pick up their graduation caps at this time.

• Nixyaawii Community School will be having a NCS Senior Google Meet with Mr. Heinrich tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 at 10:00am.

• Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be holding a news conference tomorrow, May 13 at 10:00am, to announce the counties that will qualify for Phase 1 reopening. Umatilla County submitted an application for this reopening. 

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 Call Center seeks to reach out to Tribal members

May 13, 2020 – A Virtual Call Center has been established by the Office of the Executive Director so that each member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will receive a call during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

The purpose of the calls, according to CTUIR Executive Director Ted Wright, is to contact all Tribal member households and ensure that the Tribal government is doing all that it can to help those in need. 

“We continue to provide assistance to Tribal members who have been impacted by the pandemic, especially those who are recently unemployed and need help with housing, groceries, utilities and other basic living expenses,” said Wright.

The Call Center staff have been unable to reach some Tribal members because their phone numbers on record with the Enrollment Department are not current. Updated contact information can be submitted via email, phone or dropped off at the Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC). Email enrollment@ctuir.org or call and leave your contact information on the voicemail at 541-429-7035

The Call Center will operate through May and continue into the first week of June until calls have been made to reach as many Tribal members as possible. The calls are brief and survey the needs of Tribal members in the household.

The Board of Trustees continues to coordinate multiple relief efforts with the Incident Command Team to ensure community support and resources are made available.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 12, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has 3,358 cases of COVID-19 including 75presumptive cases and 3,283 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 61 new confirmed cases and 11 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (4), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Linn (1), Marion (29), Multnomah (9), Polk (2), Wasco (1), Washington (14), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today. There is currently a total of 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 presumptive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 1079 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 995 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 12, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Nixyaawii Community School will be open on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 from 9:00am to 3:00pm for students to pick up their belongings. Seniors can also pick up their caps at this time.

• The deadline to submit your direct deposit information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to receive your Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) electronically is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00am PT. To check on the status of your payment, see your payment type, and provide bank account information, use the Get My Payment tool at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. Eligible residents who do not submit bank account information by tomorrow will receive a paper check in the mail.

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 Lifts Travel Restriction and Provides Guidelines for Travel

May 13, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has worked on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The CTUIR ICT has reconsidered the 75 mile travel restriction and have made the determination to remove the travel restriction and issue guidelines. The ICT would like community members to take the following questions into consideration prior to traveling:

• Is it essential that I travel? 

o We encourage essential travel only versus travel for leisure or vacation.

o Essential travel includes medically necessary care and appointments.

o Only travel with members of your immediate household. 

o Air travel continues to be highly discouraged as airlines are currently having difficulty enforcing social distancing and other safety measures. 

• Am I aware of the current COVID-19 case rates where I am traveling to? 

o We highly encourage community members avoid traveling to COVID-19 “hotspots”. 

• Do I have a face mask to use and will I be able to follow social distancing?o It is recommended that individuals wear face coverings while in public and maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times with individuals not in your immediate household.

o Ensure you have needed supplies – food, water, hand cleanser.

• Do I want to risk contracting COVID and bringing it back to my family and community? 

o There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the boundaries of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. 

o You may not be showing symptoms of COVID but can still spread the disease. 

o If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell, or feel you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider.

The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. 

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.

Five seniors awarded for proficiency in native languages

May 11, 2020 – Five graduating seniors, Seth Scott of Pendleton High School and Christina Kaltsukis, Susie Patrick, Lily Picard, and Joseph Simon of Nixyáawii Community School have been awarded the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy for their achievements in studying Native languages. 

The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have achieved proficiency in English and one other world language before graduating high school. Seth Scott passed the exam in Nez Perce and the Nixyáawii Community School students all passed the exam in Umatilla. The tests for Nez Perce and Umatilla were developed by the CTUIR Language Program in order to include our Native languages in the Seal of Biliteracy program. The students took the tests early in the spring semester in order to get their results in by graduation.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a national program which was adopted by Oregon in 2016. This is the first year that the languages of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have been included. To be awarded the seal, students of world languages are required to demonstrate their proficiency. 

The CTUIR Language Program created tests to measure students’ abilities in speaking, reading, and understanding Umatilla and Nez Perce. The test was administered to the students one at a time by a tribal elder and fluent speaker of the languages. It took two hours for each student to complete. 

The students came into the test with different backgrounds in the languages. One had been studying hard for just under a year to be ready for the exam, while others who had been studying longer chatted quite comfortably in the oral exam. 

The purposes of the State Seal of Biliteracy are described on the Oregon Department of Education website as: to encourage students to study additional world languages, to allow employers and institutes of higher education to recognize people with language skills, and to promote world language education in schools. Including Native languages in this program highlights the value of studying Native languages today.

CTUIR Incident Command Status Update

May 11, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 130. Oregon now has 3,286 cases of COVID-19 including 64 presumptive cases and 3,222confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 51 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (2), Clatsop (4), Klamath (1), Linn (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (14), Polk (3), and Washington (14). Umatilla County Public Health is now including presumptive COVID-19 cases in its report, consistent with Oregon Health Authority and recently amended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Umatilla County is reporting a total of 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 presumptive case of COVID-19. To date, 1022 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 938 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 11, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Today, the BOT approved Resolution 20-041, approval of a reopening plan, and Resolution 20-045, allowing for regulatory commission to meet via audio or video for those commissions obligated to hold hearings for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The reopening plan was submitted by the Incident Command Team’s Reopening Committee with reopening plan summaries written by the Confederated Tribes, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, and Cayuse Holdings. The reopening plan takes a phased approach to resuming social and business operations based on public health criteria and data.

• CTUIR has provided further guidance regarding treaty fishing rights. CTUIR Tribal Members can exercise their Treaty Rights by doing ceremonial and subsistence fishing on the Columbia River. However, fishers still need to be in compliance with CTUIR Pandemic Safety Orders by only fishing with members of their family or immediate household. The rights to hunt, fish and gather are still to be practiced, albeit by nuclear family or immediate household, to help in supplementing food supplies and first food practices. The seventy-five mile travel restriction issued by the CTUIR Incident Command will not be enforced on Tribal Members practicing their treaty rights.

 • Limited day-use at some Oregon State Parks and outdoor recreation facilities have returned. Openings and information for area state parks are as follows:

o Hat Rock

▪ Boat ramp, all parking lots, and hiking trails are open.

▪ Restroom on west side (boat ramp side) is open. Other two restrooms are closed.

o Emigrant Springs

▪ Open for day use starting today, May 11, 2020

▪ One restroom will open beginning tomorrow, May 12, 2020

▪ Parks roads closed to Horse Camp, Community building, and campground

o Blue Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor

▪ All accesses, including the Iskuulpa Viewpoint, open for day use starting today, May 11, 2020

▪ Corridor does not have services or facilities

o Red Bridge State Wayside

▪ Open for day use starting today, May 11, 2020

▪ Park road closed at campground entrance

▪ The park’s lone restroom, located within the campground, will remain closedo Hilgard and Catherine Creek remain open for day use with service/facility reductions

o Battle Mt and Ukiah parks remain closed

• As of 3:00pm today, 4 Oregon counties, in addition to the 20 counties reported the past two days, have their applications to begin a phased reopening under review by Oregon Health Authority. The 4 new counties whose applications are under review today include: Klamath, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler. An updated list, in addition to links to individual county plans, can be found at govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

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.

Board of Trustees takes further COVID-19 actions 

May 11, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved Resolutions 20-041to approve a reopening plan and Resolution 20-045 to allow for regulatory commissions to meet via audio or video for those commissions obligated to holds hearing for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency as needed. 

Additionally, they discussed receipt of $12.68 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury and nearly $4 million in grants and contract supplemental funds to support operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In Resolution 20-041 accepts and approves the Incident Command Team’s (ICT)Tribal Reopening Committee Report and the reopening plan summaries written by the Confederated Tribes, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and Cayuse Holdings.

“The reopening plan seeks to roll out the highest protections for the public and our employees,” said BOT Chair Kat Brigham. 

The phased-in resumption of social and business operations will be based on public health protection criteria and data. The BOT further directed the ICT to monitor the COVID-19 virus throughout the remainder of the year to ensure the Confederated Tribes is prepared for any resurgence of the virus in the fall/winter. 

“Through Resolution 20-045, we have established a means for commissions to meet online – something we have never done before,” added Brigham. “We must be flexible to maintain our government activities no matter the status of reopening.”  While the Board of Trustees realizes that the CTUIR continues to operate under an emergency declaration, and so most Commissions and Committees are on hold until a reopening is directed through Incident Command,this resolution ensures that those with regulatory and adjudicatory functions may meet, as needed. 

With regard to the Treasury, the federal agency issued guidance that is contrary to the intent of Congress when they distributed funds to the Tribe.  Therefore, before CTUIR disburses funds for various reimbursements and on-going projects/programs related to the crisis, the Incident Command Team has set up a formal CARES Funds Distribution Committee in order to proceed.

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 guidance on fishing

May 11, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) discussed treaty fishing rights. 

CTUIR Tribal Members can exercise their Treaty Rights by doing ceremonial and subsistence fishing on the Columbia River. However, fishers still need to be in compliance with the CTUIR Pandemic Safety Orders and only fish with members of their family or immediate household. 

The rights to hunt, fish and gather during this pandemic are still to be practiced, albeit by nuclearfamily or immediate household, to help in supplementing food supplies and first food practices.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 9, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 127. Oregon now has 3,160 cases of COVID-19 including 49 presumptive cases and 3,111 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 79 new confirmed cases and 13 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (2), Lane (1), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (37), Multnomah (24), Polk (2), Umatilla (4), Washington (6), and Yamhill(2). There is currently a total of 84 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 9, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Friday, May 8, 2020 was the first day Oregon’s 36 counties could submit plans to demonstrate they can meet the set of public health criteria set by Governor Kate Brown to begin Phase I of reopening. Criteria include declining levels of COVID-19 hospital admissions over a 14-day period; minimum levels of testing and contact tracing capacity; adequate hospital surge capacity; quarantine facilities and personal protective equipment; and finalized sector guidelines from the state to communicate to individual businesses. As of 2:00pm today, 15 counties had submitted applications that are under review by Oregon Health Authority to determine if the county meets the criteria. These counties include: Baker, Curry, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Sherman, Tillamook and Wallowa. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

 May 10, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. At 10:30am today, Umatilla County Public Health reported that an individual previously diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. Umatilla County’s second COVID-19 death is a 64 year-old male who tested positive April 29th and died May 9th at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. This individual had underlying health conditions. No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported by OHA today. Oregon now has 3,228 cases of COVID-19 including 57 presumptive cases and 3,171 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 60 new confirmed cases and 8 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (10), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Marion (14), Multnomah (22), Polk (2), Umatilla (1), Washington (11), and Yamhill (2). There is currently a total of 85 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 10, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School Board will meet tomorrow, Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:00pm. The meeting will include updates on the Distance Learning for All program and state funding from the Student Investment Account, and a review and action on the Oregon School Employees Association collective bargaining agreement for the coming year. The meeting will be held virtually. Members of the public who wish to access or participate in the meeting need to contact Ronda Thornburg on Monday between 7:30am and 4:00pm at 541-276-6711, or email her at rthornburg@pendletonsd.org with contact information prior to 5:45pm Monday for log-in directions.

• As of 2:00pm today, 5 Oregon counties, in addition to the 15 counties reported yesterday, have their applications to begin a phased reopening under review by Oregon Health Authority. The 5 new counties whose applications are under review today include: Crook, Douglas, Lake, Malheur, and Union. An updated list, in addition to links to individual county plans, can be found at govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 7, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 121. Oregon now has 2,989 cases of COVID-19 including 32 presumptive cases and 2,957 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have coronavirus symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 70 new confirmed cases and 3 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (6), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (4), Marion (21), Morrow (1), Multnomah (16), Polk (3), Washington (11) and Yamhill (3). As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported that 2 previously reported cases were later determined not to be Umatilla County residents, reducing the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County from 79 to 77. No additional cases were reported today. To date, 903 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 826 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 7, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school since schools closed on March 16th through the end of the school year in June. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child, which equates to $5.70 per normal school day. Even families who have been accessing school-provided meals during the closure will receive these benefits. Students whose households already receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing Electronic Benefit (EBT) accounts in late May. Other students whose households do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail. 

o Families who have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and can still apply to receive benefits. Apply online at https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/Default or contact your local school.

• Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to announce details on Phase I of reopening the state. The opening of Oregon will happen on a county-by-county basis once counties can demonstrate they meet certain requirements including declining rates of COVID-19 prevalence, minimum testing requirements, sufficient contact tracers, healthcare capacity, and personal protective equipment (PPE) supply. Rural counties with very few cases who meet the prerequisites can enter Phase I starting May 15th. Phase I includes:

o Restaurants and bars can begin sit-down service as long as six feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables, all employees wear cloth face or disposable coverings, and all on-site consumption of food and drink ends by 10:00PM.

o Personal care services including salons, barber shops, massage, etc. can reopen as long as appointments are scheduled ahead of time, pre-appointment health checks are required, a customer log is maintained, there is six feet physical distancing between clients and coverings, smocks, and capes are required by employees and for clients as appropriate.

o Gyms and fitness can reopen with a set maximum number of patrons and physical distancing is adhered to along with appropriate sanitation.

A county will remain in Phase I for at least 21 days before potential move to Phase II.

• If you read the print version of the May CUJ, there was an error in the cover story regarding a possible date for reopening Wildhorse Resort & Casino. It has been corrected in the digital version. The Reopening Committee – appointed by the Incident Command Team – is tasked with developing a plan for reopening the CTUIR entities in a safe manner. The plan shall be consistent with the Tribe’s Emergency Operation Plan. They will present their analysis and final report along with a resolution for the Board of Trustees to vote on, May 11th. 

Please see clarification of the facts below:

All Tribal Entities, to include Tribal Government, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, Cayuse Holdings and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will reopen based on a series of factors, including epidemiology data collected from COVID-19 testing to be conducted in May and June by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the capacity of local hospitals to deal with virus outbreaks.

Yellowhawk’s COVID-19 testing plan will involve 100 CTUIR employees on the front lines of responding to the pandemic and those with frequent contact with the public. The testing will occur in three stages and will provide information on the prevalence of the novel coronavirus in the Reservation community, according to the draft resolution read at the work session.

Yellowhawk’s epidemiology study will establish baseline infection data in three test phases in two-week intervals May 13 to June 13. The study populations will be 50 volunteer employees from Yellowhawk and 50 volunteer employees from Wildhorse, Arrowhead, Mission Market, the CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services, Tribal Police and Kayak Transit.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 8, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 124. Oregon now has 3,068 cases of COVID-19 including 36 presumptive cases and 3,032 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have coronavirus symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 75 new confirmed cases and 5 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (9), Clatsop (9), Deschutes (1), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (13), Morrow (1), Multnomah (30), Polk (2), Umatilla (3), Wasco (1), and Washington (8). As of 2:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported a total of 6 new cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County, which includes the 3 cases reported by OHA. There are a total of 89 reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 960total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 877 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 8, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, May 11 – May 16, 2020. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before May 15, 2020.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 5, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 113. Oregon now has 2,839 cases of COVID-19 including 22 presumptive cases and 2,817 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have coronavirus symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 72 new confirmed cases and 8 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (9), Coos (1),Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Josephine (2), Linn (1), Marion (13), Morrow (1),Multnomah (15), Polk (19), Umatilla (3), Washington (5), and Yamhill (1). There are currently 73 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 848 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 775 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 5, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Department of Children and Family Services distributed food to 215 vehicles on Friday, May 1, 2020. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center also distributed 175 masks to community members. Additionally, 117 Tribal members received fish and meat from the Department of Natural Resources stocks. These outreach efforts will continue as staff work to obtain additional supplies.

• Governor Kate Brown today announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use effective today, May 5, 2020, with camping opportunities becoming available as federal, state, local, and private providers are able to prepare their facilities for visitors. Reopening outdoor recreation areas will be a phased approach as it becomes safe for some communities and recreational providers to do so. State parks will open and close with little advance notice; updates will be posted online at oregonstateparks.org or by calling 800-551-6949 on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Visitors should continue to take measures to protect themselves and others by:

o Staying home if you’re sick

o Only visiting parks with members of your household

o Keeping at least 6 feet apart from people who are not from your household

o Wearing a cloth mask

o Bringing all supplies – food, water, hand cleanser – needed for short trip

o If the park appears crowded, leaving and coming back at another time

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 6, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 115. Oregon now has 2,916 cases of COVID-19 including 29 presumptive cases and 2,887 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have coronavirus symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 70 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (1), Clackamas (4), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (4), Lane (2), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (24), Polk (7), Umatilla (4), Wasco (1), Washington (6) and Yamhill (1). As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting 6 total new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 79. To date, 876 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 797 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 6, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

 • The deadline to sign up for the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study has been extended until tomorrow, Thursday, May 7 at 4pm. Those interested in volunteering should call Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Community Wellness Director, at 541-969-9263. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is seeking 50 volunteers to participate. Participants will receive free testing for both current COVID-19 infection and the presence of antibodies directed against COVID-19. The study results will be used to help determine the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the CTUIR community. The study is being conducted by Yellowhawk staff for the purposes of CTUIR only. To be eligible to participate, volunteers must:

o Be available to submit samples on May 13th, May 27th, and June 10th; 

o Reside in Umatilla or Union counties;

o Be employed by the CTUIR or one of its business entities

o Have been working since April 15th and expect to continue working throughout the entire month of May; and

o Have been working in a role that requires in-person interactions with the general public.

Study participants who submit samples on all three dates will receive a $25 gift card. 

All test results will remain confidential and not be disclosed to your employer.

• The Pendleton School District will have student belongings available for pick up at Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC), McKay, Sherwood, Washington and Sunridge on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 7:30am – 6:00pm.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 3, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 2,680 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 45 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Coos (4),Hood River (2), Josephine (1), Malheur (1), Marion (21), Multnomah (5), Umatilla (3), and Washington (7). There are no new COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 64 reported cases of COVID-19 in Uamatilla County. To date,756 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 692 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 3, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Pendleton High School has scheduled a drive-through checkout for Seniors on Monday, May 4, from 10:00am – 2:30pm at the drive-through bus lane in front of the school. Students can:

o Pay for cap and gown if not already done so, from 10:00am – 1:00pm only

o Pick up cap and gown

o Pay fees

o Return library and textbooks (keep books you still need and turn in at the end of the semester)

o Return other school property (uniforms, etc.)

o Pick up athletic photos and certificates

o Pick up PE and school locker contents

• Pendleton High School has scheduled a drive-through checkout for students in grades 9 – 11 on Wednesday, May 6 from 10:00am – 2:30pm at the drive-through bus lane in front of the school. Students can:

o Pay fees

o Return library and textbooks (keep books you still need and turn in at the end of the semester)

o Return other school property (uniforms, etc.)

o Pick up athletic photos and certificates

o Pick up PE and school locker contents

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 4, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of today, Oregon is including presumptive COVID-19 cases in its daily reports, consistent with recently amended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A presumptive case is someone who does not have a positive PCR test – a “Polymerase Chain Reaction” that confirms if a person has COVID-19 – but is showing symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed. If they later test positive by PCR, those will be recategorized as confirmed cases. The Oregon Health Authority is reporting that Oregon has 2,759 cases of COVID-19 including 14 presumptive cases and 2,745 confirmed cases. OHA is reporting 65 new confirmed cases and 14 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (1), Clatsop (1), Coos (2), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (1), Linn (10), Marion (17), Multnomah (15), Polk (8), Umatilla (6), Washington (10), and Yamhill (1). There are no new COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 70 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date,817 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 747 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 4, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The deadline to sign up for the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 at 4pm. Those interested in volunteering should call Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Community Wellness Director, at 541-969-9263. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is seeking 50 volunteers to participate. Participants will receive free testing for both current COVID-19 infection and the presence of antibodies directed against COVID-19. The study results will be used to help determine the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the CTUIR community. The study is being conducted by Yellowhawk staff for the purposes of CTUIR only. To be eligible to participate, volunteers must:

o Be available to submit samples on May 13th, May 27th, and June 10th; 

o Reside in Umatilla or Union counties;

o Be employed by the CTUIR or one of its business entities

o Have been working since April 15th and expect to continue working throughout the entire month of May; and

o Have been working in a role that requires in-person interactions with the general public.

Study participants who submit samples on all three dates will receive a $25 gift card. 

All test results will remain confidential and not be disclosed to your employer.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 1, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 104. Additionally, at 12:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported that an individual previously reported to have COVID-19 has died. Umatilla County’s first COVID-19 death is a 76 year-old female who tested positive April 14th and died April 30th at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. This individual had underlying health conditions. Oregon now has a total of 2,579 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 69 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2),Clackamas (8), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Douglas (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Linn (1), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (2), Multnomah (13), Polk (3), Umatilla (7),and Washington (9). There are currently 59 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date,751 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 692 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 1, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today sharing details on how the state plans to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

o To expand testing for COVID-19, leaders of each hospital system in Oregon have agreed to a unified approach for coordinating test and lab capacity across the state, including creating partnerships with rural hospitals to increase testing capacity in all regions of the state.

o The state has partnered with the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) to launch “Be the Key,” a voluntary study of 100,000 individuals across the state of Oregon. Individuals randomly selected to participate will be contacted by mail the week of May 11, 2020. The study will track participants’ temperatures and symptoms over a 12-month period. Ten thousand of the participants will be randomly selected to receive testing for COVID-19.

o Oregon plans to add 600 contact tracers throughout the state for COVID-19 to help identify close contacts when positive cases appear.

• The Oregon Health Authority has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing.The new guidelines advise healthcare providers to expand testing for patients experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19. Patients recommended for testing include those with a new onset of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

• As a reminder, on March 24, 2020, the Incident Command Team determined that for public health and safety, all forms of traditional sweat are temporarily prohibited until the current spread of COVID-19 is no longer an emergency. This decision was made based on the high risk of transmitting the virus between people in a sweat lodge and the potential of exacerbating any existing respiratory issues.

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 Incident Command Status Update

May 2, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 109. Oregon now has a total of 2,635 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (2), Deschutes (2), Hood River (1), Jefferson (3), Lane (4), Malheur (2), Marion (15), Morrow (1), Multnomah (14), Umatilla (4), and Washington (9). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Polk County case was later confirmed to be negative, reducing the statewide cumulative total by one. There are currently 61 reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date,753 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 692 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 2, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, May 4 – May 9, 2020. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before May 8, 2020.

• Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Friday extending Oregon’s state of emergency to July 6 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new order comes roughly two months after the original declaration was signed March 8. It was set to expire May 7.

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is seeking 50 volunteers to participate in the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study. Study participants will receive free testing for both current COVID-19 infection and the presence of antibodies directed against COVID-19. The study results will be used to help determine the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the CTUIR community. The study is being conducted by Yellowhawk staff for the purposes of CTUIR only. To be eligible to participate, volunteers must:

o Be available to submit samples on May 13th, May 27th, and June 10th; 

o Reside in Umatilla or Union counties;

o Be employed by the CTUIR or one of its business entities

o Have been working since April 15th and expect to continue working throughout the entire month of May; and

o Have been working in a role that requires in-person interactions with the general public.

o Study participants who submit samples on all three dates will receive a $25 gift card. 

o All test results will remain confidential and not be disclosed to your employer.

o To volunteer, sign up by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by 4pm by contacting Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Community Wellness Director, at 541-969-9263.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 29, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 101. Oregon now has a total of 2,446 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 61 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (4), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (19), Polk (1),Umatilla (8), Washington (7), and Yamhill (1). To date, 689 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 644 of which have returned negative. There are currently 45 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 29, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Native-owned small business (5 employees or fewer) operating in the state of Oregon may be eligible for an Emergency Forgivable Loan ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Economic Development Corporation has established these loans with support from the Oregon Small Stabilization Fund. For more information and to access applications, please visit www.atniedc.com/c-19.

• The Oregon Employment Department has announced the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, extending unemployment benefits to Oregonians who wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for benefits, including those who are self-employed, perform work as an independent contractor, are agricultural workers, did not earn enough in wages or work enough hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits or have exhausted regular unemployment benefits, and are not eligible for another extension. Individuals must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covered situations include:

o Those who are caring for a household member diagnosed with COVID-19

o Those who have been diagnosed or are seeking diagnosis for COVID-19

o Those who are unable to reach their place of employment due to quarantine

o Primary caregivers for a child or someone unable to attend school or another facility closed as a result of the public health emergency

o Those who were scheduled to start a new job, but the business closed

o Those who owned or worked for a business closed by the pandemic

To apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, visit the CARES Act page on the Oregon Employment Department website at oregon.gov/employ/unemployment

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 30, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 103. Oregon now has a total of 2,510 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 64 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1),Clackamas (8), Coos (5), Deschutes (1), Klamath (1), Linn (4), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (11), Umatilla (5), and Washington (10). In addition to the 5 cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County reported by OHA, Umatilla County Public Health reported an additional 6 cases today, for a total of 11 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 56 cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 733 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 644 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 30, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Oregon State Parks have extended park closures indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no date set for opening day-use at any state park. All reservations for camping and day-use have been cancelled through May 25, 2020. A decision regarding future reservations will be made before May 25, 2020, although Oregon State Parks noted more cancellations are likely.

• The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services is holding a Food Distribution tomorrow, Friday, May 1.

o Who: CTUIR Tribal Members, Other Federally-Recognized Tribal Members or Families That Reside Within the CTUIR Boundaries

o What: Food Distribution

o When: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00AM

o Where: Mission Gym/Community Center (July Grounds)

o Sponsor: CTUIR

Guidelines:

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food.

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.

o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

• CTUIR Public Works will be offering a hand sanitizer refill station tomorrow, May 1st, at the July Grounds beginning at 10am. This will coincide with the Food Distribution. 

o Bring your own empty hand sanitizer bottles.

o Available for CTUIR Tribal Members, Other Federally-Recognized Tribal Members or Families that Reside Within the CTUIR Boundaries. 

• CTUIR DCFS and DNR will distribute fish and big game meat to CTUIR members, Friday, May 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the BIA parking lot.

Fish and Meat Request Process 

1. Tribal Members can call DCFS @ 541-429-7300 to request one fish and one package of meat per household, subject to availability; and

2. Requests should be made by Thursday April 30, 3pm.

Fish and Meat Pick Up Information and Protocol

1. Pick up time is Friday, May 1,  11 am – 1 pm,

2. Location is BIA Parking Lot, “A” Street, behind BIA campus; and

3. Distribution will be “drive thru” process, and CTUIR members must STAY IN VEHICLES to maintain social distancing. 

CTUIR Member Requirements

1. CTUIR members must bring Tribal ID, 

2. One fish and one packet of meat allowed per household (deer, elk, or bison); 

3. CTUIR members bring own bag/containers for fish and/or meat pick up, CTUIR will not provide bag or containers.

• Nixyaawii Community School will be open from 9AM to 3PM on Friday May 1stto allow students to collect personal items and return school items. Carrie Phinney and Ryan Heinrich will be there from 9AM to 1PM then other staff will be there from 12PM to 4PM.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 27, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 92. Oregon now has a total of 2,354 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 43 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Coos (2), Deschutes (2), Linn (5), Malheur (1), Marion (11), Multnomah (12), Washington(9), and Yamhill (1). Additionally, as of 12:30pm Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a total of 37 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 650 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 613 of which have returned negative.There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 27, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• CTUIR Incident Command issued an earlier press release today informing residents of CTUIR that attended a large gathering on Sunday, April 26 to self quarantine for 14 days, notify direct supervisors of attendance if employed by any CTUIR entity and monitor for symptoms of COVID such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of these symptoms, please call your medical provider immediately or call 911 for medical emergency. 

• Today, the CTUIR BOT approved Resolution 20-039 to extend Stay Home Order on the Umatilla Reservation and its entities through June 1, 2020. 

• CTUIR DCFS and DNR will distribute fish and big game meat to CTUIR members, Friday, May 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the BIA parking lot.

Fish and Meat Request Process 

1. Tribal Members can call DCFS @ 541-429-7300 to request one fish and one package of meat per household, subject to availability; and

2. Requests should be made by Thursday April 30, 3pm.

Fish and Meat Pick Up Information and Protocol

1. Pick up time is Friday, May 1,  11 am – 1 pm,

2. Location is BIA Parking Lot, “A” Street, behind BIA campus; and

3. Distribution will be “drive thru” process, and CTUIR members must STAY IN VEHICLES to maintain social distancing. 

CTUIR Member Requirements

1. CTUIR members must bring Tribal ID, 

2. One fish and one packet of meat allowed per household (deer, elk, or bison); and

3. CTUIR members bring own bag/containers for fish and/or meat pick up, CTUIR will not provide bag or containers.

• Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced today that their respective states are joining Oregon, Washington and California in the Western States Pact, a regionally coordinated approach among the states in their efforts to reopen from the stay-at-home orders and control the spread of COVID-19. As a part of the Western States Pact, the governors commit to working together toward the four following goals:

o Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

o Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.

o Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities

o Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 28, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 99. Oregon now has a total of 2,385 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 31 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Coos (1), Harney (1), Klamath (1), Linn (2), Marion (9), Morrow (1), Multnomah (13), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), and Yamhill (1). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Washington County case was later determined to be a Multnomah County case. This case is reflected in the Multnomah County’s new case count, but is not reflected as a new case for the statewide total. Additionally, at 2:00pm Umatilla County Public Health reported 8 new cases, bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 45. To date, 676 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 631 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 28, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services is holding a Food Distribution on Friday, May 1.

o Who: CTUIR Tribal Members, Other Federally-Recognized Tribal Members or Families That Reside Within the CTUIR Boundaries

o What: Food Distribution

o When: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00AM

o Where: Mission Gym/Community Center (July Grounds)

o Sponsor: CTUIR

Guidelines:

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food.

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.

o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

• CTUIR DCFS and DNR will distribute fish and big game meat to CTUIR members, Friday, May 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the BIA parking lot.

Fish and Meat Request Process 1. Tribal Members can call DCFS @ 541-429-7300 to request one fish and one package of meat per household, subject to availability; and

2. Requests should be made by Thursday April 30, 3pm.

Fish and Meat Pick Up Information and Protocol

1. Pick up time is Friday, May 1,  11 am – 1 pm,

2. Location is BIA Parking Lot, “A” Street, behind BIA campus; and

3. Distribution will be “drive thru” process, and CTUIR members must STAY IN VEHICLES to maintain social distancing. 

CTUIR Member Requirements

1. CTUIR members must bring Tribal ID, 

2. One fish and one packet of meat allowed per household (deer, elk, or bison); 

3. CTUIR members bring own bag/containers for fish and/or meat pick up, CTUIR will not provide bag or containers.

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 Incident Command Notice of Large Gathering

April 27, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

On April 26, 2020, it came to the attention of the Incident Command Team that a gathering of greater than 30 individuals occurred on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In light of the detrimental consequences of recent gatherings among Tribal communities, this raises great concern among the Board of Trustees, Incident Command Team and entire reservation community due to the increased risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 in large group settings. 

If you are an employee of any CTUIR entity, you are required to inform your supervisor of your attendance at any such gathering. Any attendee is strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of the gathering and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. If you experience any of these symptoms, please call your medical provider immediately or call 911 for medical emergency. 

Per CTUIR Board of Trustees Resolution 20-028, page 2 – section a dated March 23, 2020 –  “Non-essential tribal, social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence (E.g. parties, celebrations, or other similar gatherings and events) are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.”

All reports of violations can be reported to the Umatilla Tribal Police for investigation. Violations of the Resolution are subject to a penalty of up to 365 days in jail or a fine of $5,000. Further all CTUIR will require employees attending such gatherings to self-isolate or quarantine for up to 14 days, and take sick leave. Administrative leave will not be available to employees violating the stay at home order, and/or the gathering limitations. 

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.

Board of Trustees extends Stay at Home Order until June

April 27, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved Resolution 20-039 on April 27, 2020 to extend Stay Home Order on the Umatilla Reservation and its entities through June 1, 2020. 

“We will continue to battle for public health resources and protections for our people. We continually remind our federal and state partners that the coronavirus is especially dangerous for high risk Tribal populations. At home, we must remain vigilant in protecting our Tribal community. Many have diabetes, lung or heart disease and continue to be high risk along with our elders,” said BOT Chair Kat Brigham. “Cases continue to grow in Umatilla County and there are more than 500 cases in our surrounding ceded lands.”  

The CTUIR Incident Command appointed a Reopening the Tribes Committee. The Committee is scheduled to meet with the BOT May 4 to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data.

“While the entire country is struggling to keep their communities safe from Coronavirus, we have used the one solution we have in our power – the ability to stay at home.   We know it’s a sacrifice. But your efforts are working. Don’t let up now,” added Brigham. “We have reports of community members not following our orders – placing us all at greater risk.”    

The Board of Trustees issued Resolution 20-028 on March 23, 2020 to put in place a stay at home order for the Umatilla Indian Reservation and its entities through April 28, 2020.  That order was recommended by the operational professionals of the Tribal Government, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and Cayuse Holdings, and was consistent with the directives of the Incident Command, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and Oregon Health Authority, and the State of Oregon issued Executive Order 20-1.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 25, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 87. Oregon now has a total of 2,253 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 76 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (5), Coos (4), Deschutes (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (3), Linn (4), Marion (15), Multnomah (27), Polk (4), Umatilla (3), and Washington (8). There are now 35 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 584 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 549 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 25, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• IMPORTANT:

If you are a CTUIR community member and attended the Celilo Salmon Feast on Sunday, April 12, you are STRONGLY encouraged to contact the Yellowhawk Communicable Disease/Community Health Nurse at 541-240-8417

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the list of symptoms people with COVID-19 may experience. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus. Symptoms to watch for include:

o Fever

o Cough

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o Chills

o Repeated shaking with chills

o Muscle pain

o Headache

o Sore throat

o New loss of taste or smell

Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 that require immediate medical attention include:

o Trouble breathing

o Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

o New confusion or inability to arouse

o Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please contact your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 26, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 91. Oregon now has a total of 2,311 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 58 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (3), Coos (4), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1), Linn (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (29), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (7), and Yamhill (1). There are now 36 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 597 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 561 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 26, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School District will have student belongings available for pick up at Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC), McKay, Sherwood, Washington, and Sunridge on Tuesday, April 28th; Wednesday, April 29th; and Thursday April 30thfrom 8:00am – 3:00pm. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 23, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 83. Oregon now has a total of 2,127 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 68 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(8), Coos (1), Deschutes (4), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Klamath (3), Linn (4), Malheur (1), Marion (9), Multnomah (16), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), and Washington(18). As of 12:00pm, 567 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 537of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 30 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 23, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Governor Kate Brown announced today that hospitals, surgical centers and dental and medical offices can resume non-urgent procedures starting May 1, 2020 if they could meet new COVID-19 safety requirements. Medical providers will need to demonstrate they have the ability to:

o Minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission to patients and healthcare workers

o Maintain adequate hospital capacity in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases

o Support the health care workforce in safely resuming activities

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center continues to increase capacity, such as increased testing supplies, for rapid COVID-19 testing. These tests can be performed at Yellowhawk and deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. 

o Testing at Yellowhawk continues to be prioritized for patients that show symptoms of COVID (cough, fever, shortness of breath or lower respiratory illness), patients who are close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, or healthcare workers, including EMS; who have been exposed to individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19

• If you would like daily updates on the number of tests performed by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, including results, those can be found on Yellowhawk’s main webpage: www.yellowhawk.org

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 24, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 86. Oregon now has a total of 2,177 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 51 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(5), Lane (2), Marion (20), Multnomah (14), Umatilla (2), and Washington (8).OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Douglas County case was later determined not to be a positive case, reducing the cumulative statewide total by one. In addition to the two Umatilla County cases reported by OHA today, Umatilla County Public Health reported another positive case, bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 33. To date, 582 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 549 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 24, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon Health Authority released new modeling that shows Oregon’s interventions, combined with increased hygiene and other measures that appear to have begun earlier, have dramatically reduced the burden of COVID-19 in Oregon. The modeling, conducted by researchers at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Washington, estimates as of April 16, over 70,000 infections and over 1,500 hospitalizations have been prevented. The modeling indicates that the social distancing measures in place must continue in order to avert a rapid increase in cases.

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, April 27 – May 2, 2020. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before May 1, 2020.

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center issued an alert today advising individuals “Under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion, or any other route.” 

o If you come in contact with poison and need help call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

• The latest CDC COVID-19 View report (updated 4/24/2020) shows that, based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to COVID-19, pneumonia, or influenza decreased from 23.6% to 18.6%, during week 16, ending on April 18, marking the first week of a decline since the end of February.

However, this is very elevated in the context of any influenza season, and the percentage may change as additional death certificates are processed. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

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.

Board of Trustees provides additional COVID-19 assistance

April 22, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) approved a resolution April 22, 2020 to add $250,000 to an existing needs- based program to help CTUIR members who are experiencing unemployment caused by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, which is a first-come, first-serve offering, wasestablished April 9 to help pay for urgent expenses like rent, utilities and other costs of living. Theprogram is available to enrolled CTUIR members, inside and outside Oregon, who have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19.

The Program provides assistance for individuals and their dependents. The Board provided funding for the COVID-19 program earlier this month.  As those funds were exhausted, it became clear there is greater need and today provided a second round of funding to the Program.

“The original program had a cap that didn’t allow us to meet the needs of people in crisis,” said Kat Brigham, BOT Chair. “We are not only putting more money into the program but we are also increasing the amount we can use to help each CTUIR member at risk.” 

CTUIR members seeking Program assistance must complete an application and provide financial information to demonstrate their need. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staffworks with applicants to identify what bills are highest priority, contact the vendors who need to be paid such as a utility company and the DCFS pays each bill directly. The program does not disburse cash to Tribal members.

“We are helping many Tribal members who still aren’t getting their unemployment checks,” said DCFS Director Julie Taylor. “We are very concerned about keeping people in their homes, keeping the water and the lights on to get through this difficult time.”  

Chuck Sams participated in the work session on the program and said, “The Incident Commandrecommends a portion of the $1 million set aside for COVID19 response be used for funding.” 

CTUIR members who wish to apply for assistance should contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 22, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 2,059 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Linn (1), Marion (7), Multnomah (24), Washington(10), and Yamhill (1). There are no new COVID-19 related deaths. As of 11:30am, 558 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 529 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 29 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 22, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Board of Trustees approved a resolution today to add $250,000 to an existing needs-based program to help CTUIR members who are experiencing unemployment caused by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program is available to enrolled CTUIR members that have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19 to help pay for urgent expenses like rent, utilities and other costs of living. CTUIR members seeking Program assistance must complete an application and provide financial information to demonstrate their need. CTUIR members who wish to apply for assistance should contact CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300.

• Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has established a toll-free hotline for Oregonians to seek guidance about symptoms and care for COVID-19, including those who don’t have a primary care provider. The hotline, or Connected Care Center, is staffed by OHSU registered nurses and other clinicians. The hotline will be open from 8am – 8pm seven days a week at 833-OHSU-CCC (or 833-647-8222).

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 20, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 75. Oregon now has a total of 1,956 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 47 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (10), Douglas (1), Klamath (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Marion (13), Multnomah (6), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (9), and Yamhill (1). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Jackson County case was transferred out of state during routine data reconciliation, reducing the cumulative statewide cases by one. There are now a total of 27 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 533 total test results have been reported for Umatilla County, 506 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 20, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Department of Children and Family Services distributed food to more than 200 vehicles on Saturday, April 18, 2020. These outreach efforts will continue as staff work to obtain additional supplies. 

• The CTUIR ICT has set up a “Reopening the Tribes Committee”, Chaired by Dave Tovey. The Committee is charged with developing a comprehensive phased approach to reopening all of CTUIR’s entities based upon recommendation by medical professionals and members of the ICT.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 21, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 78. Oregon now has a total of 2,002 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(2), Coos (1), Klamath (2), Linn (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (22), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), and Washington (7). OHA is also reporting that after receiving updated residency information, Benton and Yamhill counties both transferred a case to other Oregon counties today. These two cases are reported as new cases for the two counties, but are not added to the 46 new cases for the state. There are now a total of 29 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 546 total test results have been reported for Umatilla County, 517 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 21, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has been made aware of potential COVID-19 exposure at the Salmon Feast in Celilo on Sunday, April 12. If you are a CTUIR community member and attended, please immediately follow the stay at home guidance provided below and call Yellowhawk Community Wellness Nursing at 541-240-8417.

o Stay home until Sunday, April 26 regardless if you do not show symptoms. 

o Monitor yourself for symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, call Yellowhawk Medical at 541-240-8661 to develop a plan of care.

o Reminder: Stay Home, Stay Safe. On March 23, 2020, the CTUIR Board of Trustees signed a COVID-19 Stay At Home Order (Resolution No. 20-028) discouraging travel beyond a 75-mile radius. 

• The Oregon Health Authority announced new testing guidelines on April 21, 2020. The agency has expanded its guidance to urge clinicians to potentially increase testing for Oregonians who may be at particular risk for contracting COVID-19 including:

o Individuals living or working in congregate care or group living facilities.

o Underserved and marginalized populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups.

o Essential frontline workers, including those providing healthcare services and those serving the public, such as grocery store workers.

o It is still recommended that individuals with mild symptoms who do not need medical evaluation to self-isolate at home until 72 hours have passed without a cough or fever. People without symptoms and those with symptoms that do not necessitate medical evaluation should call their provider to discuss symptoms and whether they need to be evaluated.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 18, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 72. Oregon now has a total of 1,844 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 59 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(1), Curry (1), Deschutes (2), Jackson (1), Klamath (2), Linn (2), Marion (18), Multnomah (26), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), and Washington (4). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Yamhill County case was later determined to be a Polk County case. The transferred case is reported as a new Polk County case, but is not reflected in the total number of new cases for the state today. There are now a total of 25 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 482 total test results have been reported for Umatilla County, 457 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 18, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operationsfor the week of Monday, April 20 – April 25, 2020. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before April 24, 2020.

• The Oregon Health Authority has partnered with Lines for Life to establish a free and confidential statewide call service for Oregonians 55 years and older to combat senior loneliness and isolation. Staff and volunteers are specially trained in working with older adults and can provide ongoing support, connection to resources or just someone to listen. The Senior Loneliness Line can be reached by calling 503-200-1633 or 800-282-7035.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 19, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 74. Oregon now has a total of 1,910 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 67 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(7), Deschutes (1), Lane (2), Marion (23), Multnomah (21), Umatilla (1), and Washington (12). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported KlamathCounty case was later determined to be a Washington State case, reducing the total number of statewide cases by 1. There are now a total of 26 positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. To date, 483 total test results have been reported for Umatilla County, 457 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 19, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) through the USDA has recently increased the income levels for families and individuals to receive food assistance:

Household Size​​Monthly Income​​Annual Income

o 1.…..$3,190……$38,280

o 2.…..$4,310……$51,720

o 3.…..$5,430……$65,160

o 4.…..$6,550……$78,600

o 5.…..$7,670……$92,040

o 6……$8,790……$105,480

o For each additional household member, add $1,120 per month to determine the monthly income level.o For questions regarding eligibility or assistance, contact CAPECO at 541-276-5073.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 16, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 64. Oregon now has a total of 1,736 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 73 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (8), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Klamath (3), Lane (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (15), Multnomah (18), Umatilla (5), Washington (12), and Yamhill (1). There are now a total of 22 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 450 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 428 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 16, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has issued two new changes for patients, staff and visitors to Yellowhawk:

o Everyone entering the clinic will be required to wear a face covering.

o Visitors and guests are not allowed with patients or staff except for patients who are disabled who may have one attendant, patients 15 years and younger must have one parent or legal guardian, and staff from scheduled delivery or maintenance vendors.

• The federal government has begun distributing Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) to U.S. residents.

o To check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment, visit www.irs.govand select “Get My Payment.”

o Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Railroad Retirement recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return will receive these payments as they would normally receive their benefits. Social Security, SSDI, SSI and Railroad retirees who are the parent or legal guardian of children under the age of 17, should visit www.irs.govand select “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to ensure they receive the additional $500 per qualifying child.

o Other individuals who aren’t typically required to file a tax return, including low-income workers and certain veterans and individuals with disabilities are eligible for the Economic Impact Payments and should visit www.irs.gov and select “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to provide information needed to receive your payment.

• Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to hold a Food Distribution on Saturday, April 18:

Who:        CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal                 members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries

What:      Food Distribution

When:      Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am

Where:     Mission Gym/Community Center

Sponsor:  CTUIR

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.

o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 17, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 70. Oregon now has a total of 1,785 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 49 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(3), Deschutes (2), Jackson (1), Lane (1), Linn (3), Marion (8), Multnomah (19),Polk (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (7), and Yamhill (2). In addition to the one Umatilla County case reported by OHA today, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting another case, bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 24. To date, 481 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 457 of which have returned negative.There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 17, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to hold a Food Distribution on Saturday, April 18:

Who:        CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal                 members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries

What:      Food Distribution

When:      Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am

Where:     Mission Gym/Community Center

Sponsor:  CTUIR

o Each family or community member must pick up their own food. 

o You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.

o Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.

o We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.o If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 14, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 55. Oregon now has a total of 1,633 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 50 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1),Clackamas (3), Deschutes (1), Douglas (3), Jefferson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Marion (9), Multnomah (22), Tillamook (1), Washington (5), and Yamhill (2). OHA is also reporting that a case previously reported in Columbia County was reclassified to negative based on revised test results, reducing the cumulative statewide total by 1 case. To date, 416 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 400 of which have returned negative. There are currently 16 positive reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 14, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press conference this morning outlining what needs to happen before reopening Oregon’s economy or easing social distancing restrictions. These prerequisites include:

o Declining rate of active COVID-19 cases

o Adequate personal protective equipment to protect health care workers and first responders

o Increased testing capacity, a standardized system for contact tracing when someone tests positive, and effective isolation measures for those who do test positive

o A firm date for reopening was not given, although Governor Brown indicated it would be done in stages and not in a single day.

• UCo Health Releases COVID-19 Location Trends Mapo http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/health/covid_map/

• All Tribal Court Probation check-ins (in person) are suspended until further notice. Continue to follow recommendations of treatment providers during check-in suspension. Community Service work-crews are suspended until further notice.

o No jury trials until further order of the court. To confirm next Jury Duty, please call 541-429-7046.

o Umatilla Tribal Court will remain open for emergency proceedings (i.e. domestic abuse protection orders, emergency shelter care hearings, video arraignments, and other emergency situations).

o If you need assistance, please email TribalCourt@ctuir.org. If you need to leave a voice mail message, please call 541-429-7342.

• The Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) will manage the need-based COVID-19 assistance to tribal members living on and off the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as outlined by the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes.

o The emergency assistance program is based on the applicant’s finances, and approval or denial are decided on a case-by-case need basis. In order to ensure that emergency assistance is available to those with the highest needs, and financial documentation will be used to determine the amounts:

▪ Individual with no dependents – $500

▪ Individual with dependents living in household – $800

o All tribal members can call 541-429-7300 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at DCFS staff will take an Emergency Assistance application over the phone.  

o In order to make the payments, the CTUIR will need tribal members to bring their most current bills to the Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC). Some tribal members who live off reservation may need to send in a W-9 tax form.

o Bills should be placed in an envelope, addressed to DCFS and then deposited in the Tribal Ballot Box in the front parking lot of NGC. (It is the box that has the feathers painted next to the drop-in slot. DO NOT PLACE in the second box, which belongs to Umatilla County.) 

o If you are unable to come to NGC, scan and email your most current bills to  Kathleenpeterson@ctuir.org or Julietaylor@ctuir.org 

To qualify for this program you must meet the following criteria:

o Be an enrolled member of the CTUIR older than 18;

o Be an enrolled CTUIR elder;

o Be an enrolled CTUIR veteran;

o Have minor children in the household that are enrolled member(s) of the CTUIR;

o A spouse of an enrolled member of the CTUIR.\Recently laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

o A college student that moved back to the CTUIR due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

o A CTUIR tribal member that has relocated to the Umatilla Indian Reservation due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 15, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 58. Oregon now has a total of 1,663 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 33 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (7), Columbia (3), Douglas (1), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (5), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1) and Washington (2). OHA is also reporting that three counties previously reported in Washington County have been reclassified; two were updated following data cleaning and one is now considered a Washington State case after residency was confirmed. These modifications have reduced the cumulative statewide total by 3. In addition to the one Umatilla County case reported today by OHA, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting another new case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases in Umatilla County to 18. To date, 427 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 409 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 15, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School District will have new printed packets with eight weeks of reading, writing, and math for students in Pre-K through grade 5 available at the CTUIR Mission Community Gym during lunch pick-up on Thursday, April 16 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. These packets are in addition to the iReady lessons. Packets can also be picked up at the Pendleton School District Office from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

• Beginning Friday, April 17, Mission Market will be open on Monday – Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Customers can order food and groceries for pick-up by placing an order online at www.mymissionmarket.com or by calling (541) 276-9082

• CTUIR DCFS has announced for April-August there will be no travel for the Nict-Yow-Way Elders Group due to the COVID-19 Pandemic or until Stay at home order is lifted by the Incident Command Team. Questions can be directed to DCFS at 541-429-7300.

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 members contact information needed for COVID-19 cash assistance

April 13, 2020 – The Board of Trustees (BOT) on Monday, April 13, established a COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Benefit in the amount of $300 for each member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).

The checks, which are to be sent to Tribal members on or before April 30, are to help cover unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses that Tribal members have or will incur during the March to May time period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tribal members must provide the following contact information – name, mailing address, phone number and email address – to the Enrollment Department as soon as possible if Enrollment does not have your current address and phone number.

Contact information can be submitted via email, phone or dropped off at the Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC) in Mission. Email enrollment@ctuir.org or call and leave your contact information on the voicemail at 541-429-7035

Information can also be placed in an envelope, addressed to Enrollment and deposited in the Tribal Ballot Box in the front parking lot of NGC. The box is currently being used for deliveries to staff in the NGC and not for elections. 

“We urge Tribal members to submit their updated contact information before Friday, April 17 so we can get the benefits out the door,” said BOT Chair Kat Brigham. “Please help us help you.” 

The BOT continues to coordinate relief efforts with the Incident Command Team to ensure community support and resources are made available.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 13, 2020  – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 53. Oregon now has a total of 1,584 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (7), Columbia (2), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (4), Marion (4), Multnomah (24), and Washington (12). To date, 400 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 384 of which have returned negative. There are currently 16 positive reported cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 13, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Nixyaawii Community School will be open from 8:00am – 3:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14 for students needing to pick up a Chromebook.

• The Pendleton School District will have new printed packets with eight weeks of reading, writing, and math for students in Pre-K through grade 5 available at the District Office beginning Wednesday, April 15 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. These packets are in addition to the iReady lessons.

• On April 13, the governors of Washington, California and Oregon announced they will work together to re-open their economies while continuing to control the spread of COVID-19.While each state is building a state-specific plan, the three states have agreed to a framework that focuses on them working together, putting their residents’ health first, and letting science guide decisions. “The West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19,” the governors said in a joint statement, “with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.”

• The Board of Trustees on Monday, April 13, established a COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Benefit in the amount of $300 for each member of the CTUIR.

The checks, which are to be sent to Tribal members on or before April 30, are to help cover unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses that Tribal members have or will incur during the March to May time period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tribal members must provide the following contact information – name, mailing address, phone number and email address – to the Enrollment Department as soon as possible.

Contact information can be submitted via email, phone or dropped off in the Tribal Ballot Box at the Nixyaawii Governance Center in Mission. Email enrollment@ctuir.org or call and leave your contact information on the voicemail at 541-429-7035

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 11, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 51. Oregon now has a total of 1,447 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 76 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (5), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (26), Polk (1), Umatilla (3), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (10), and Yamhill (2). The three cases in Umatilla County refer to cases that were previously reported in CTUIR Incident Command updates on Thursday, April 9, 2020 and Friday, April 10, 2020. To date, 336 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 322 of which have returned negative. There are currently 14 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 11, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center is reporting that COVID-19 infections in Oregon are projected to remain level into May if Oregonians continue social distancing. Based on modeling by researchers at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Washington, Oregon’s “aggressive” social distancing measures have prevented as many as 18,000 cases of COVID-19 and 500 hospitalizations. By following stay at home executive orders, Oregonians are preventing a surge in new infections that could overwhelm hospital beds if left unchecked.

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed on Monday, April 13, 2020 to honor the passing of a friend and colleague.

o If you need medical advice during this closure call 541-966-9830.

o If you have emergency dental needs visit the closest emergency room.

o If you are experiencing any life threatening emergency call 911.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 12, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 52. Oregon now has a total of 1,527 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 80 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Douglas (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (1), Lane (2), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (13), Multnomah (31), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), and Washington (18). The two new cases in Umatilla County bring the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County to 16. To date, 337 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 321 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 12, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School District continues to provide free “Grab and Go” for children ages 1-18, Monday through Friday from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Starting tomorrow, Monday, April 13, 2020, Sherwood Elementary School will be added to the list of distribution sites.

Meals are provided at the following locations:

o Sherwood Elementary School
3235 SW Nye Ave, Pendleton

o Washington Elementary School
1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton

o Pendleton Early Learning Center
455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton

o Mission Community Gym
73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

Buses will continue to distribute meals Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 12:30pm at the following locations:

o Adams – Baseball Field Bus Stop

o Reith – George and Main Bus Stop

o Cayuse – Cayuse and River Bus Stop

o Meacham – Post Office Bus Stop

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 10, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 48. Oregon now has a total of 1,371 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 51 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas(7), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (4), Lane(1), Marion (11), Multnomah (15), and Washington (9). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Yamhill County case has been since reclassified based on a revised laboratory result, reducing the cumulative statewide case count by 1. As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting one new positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 14. To date, 335 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 321 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 10, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, April 13 – April 18, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or right after April 17, 2020.

• Reminder: Staff from all CTUIR entities that attend large gatherings or funerals with more than 10 people in attendance will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after the gathering.  Staff who attend will need to utilize Sick Leave or Leave Without Pay-(LWOP) to cover the time in quarantine. Administrative Leave will not be allowed.  

•  On Monday April 13, The Pendleton School District will launch “Distance Learning for All” to finish the school year for over the next two months. If you are in need of a Chromebook (internet based laptop) or an additional Chromebook (multiple students in the home), please check one out from the PSD office located at 107 NW 10th street. Our office hours are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday. For free internet options here are a few choices currently in place:

o Free Wi-Fi at Schools: Wi-Fi is available at Washington School from nearly any place within the school parking lot. At McKay you can connect near the office area and the back parking lot. You can access the Wi-Fi outside all of our schools if near the building and windows, but these two schools have the strongest signals at this time. We are in the process of boosting signals at our other schools. Our district issued Chromebooks will connect automatically to the Wi-Fi from within your vehicle.

o Charter: Starting March 16, Charter started offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with a K-12 student or college student who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households as well. Charter: 1-844-488-8395o Questions can be directed to the PSD at: 541-276-6711

• CTUIR Human Resources continue to process applications received and will resume honoring posted closing dates for pulls and appraisals.

• The Oregon Department of Human Services is issuing emergency supplements to many Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to help buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

o If your current SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount based on the number of individuals in your household, you will get a supplement up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household for the months of April and May.

o If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit for your household, you will not receive any extra SNAP.

o If you do not currently receive SNAP benefits, you can visit oregonhunger.org/apply-for-snap or call 211 to see if you qualify.

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed on Monday, April 13, 2020 to honor the passing of a friend and colleague. 

o If you need medical advice during this closure call 541-966-9830.

o If you have emergency dental needs visit the closest emergency room.

o If you are experiencing any life threatening emergency call 911.

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 Incident Command Notice on Large Gatherings and Funerals

April 10, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.

In March and April, there were several funerals and large gatherings on or near the Reservation that violated the 10-person limit.  Initally, Yellowhawk, Umatilla Tribal Police, Enrollment, Public Works, and Administration all coordinated to assist families to carry out funerals for small groups.  However, many people chose to attend those funerals and the gatherings far exceeded the 10 person limit. Furthermore, those in attendance did not adequately practice social distancing and did not wear provided personal protective equipment. Staff in attendance had to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days, further straining the essential government services levels for the COVID-19 response. Any repeat of those circumstances will overwhelm the CTUIR capacity to provide services. This is especially concerning as the rate of infection for our county doubled in the last week. To be clear, the CTUIR will not be providing assistance to gatherings that are not limited to 10 or less.

These have been difficult circumstances throughout Indian Country. Many reservations have experienced the devastating effects that COVID-19 has placed on their communities and among their Tribal membership. CTUIR is taking all precautionary measures so that the impact does not have similar consequences on our community. These guidelines and orders are in place for the best interest of public health as our current COVID case rates remain at zero. 

All reports of violations can be reported to the Umatilla Tribal Police for investigation.  Violations of the 10 person gathering limits are subject to a penalty of up to 365 days in jail or a fine of $5,000.  Further all CTUIR entities should require employees attending such funerals to self-isolate or quarantine for up to 14 days, and take sick leave.  Administrative leave will not be available to employees violating the stay at home order, and/or the funeral limitations.  

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 8, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 38. Oregon now has a total of 1,239 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 58 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River(1), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (3), Morrow (1), Multnomah (28), Wallowa (2), and Washington(13). As of 1:30pm today, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a 9th positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 284 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 275 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 8, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregon public schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. The Oregon Department of Education had requested all public school districts to begin implementing distance learning plans by Monday, April 13, 2020. All seniors who were on track to graduate when schools closed in mid-March, including having passing grades at that point in courses required for graduation, will receive passing grades and earn diplomas. School districts will work with students who did not have a passing grade in one or more course to help them earn needed graduation credits. The deadline for earning graduation credits has been extended to August 30, 2020.

• Public COVID-19 announcements issued from the CTUIR Incident Command Team will now be made daily on KCUW 104.3FM at the following times: 9AM &11AM Monday-Friday and 7PM every day. 

• Mission Market customers can now order food and groceries from the Mission Market website. Orders will be delivered to Mission Market, staff will complete the order and have ready for pick up at the time noted by the customer! Wildhorse Resort & Mission Market will continue to add food and other items to the menu. 

Online orders can be placed at: 

https://mymissionmarket.com

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 9, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 44. Oregon now has a total of 1,321 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 83 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Columbia (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (5),Jackson (4), Klamath (1), Lane (2), Linn (3), Marion (17), Morrow (2), Multnomah (16), Polk (1),Tillamook (1), Umatilla (3), Washington (16), and Yamhill (4). OHA is also reporting that a previously reported Wallowa County case has been since identified as a Washington State resident, reducing the cumulative statewide case count by 1.As of 2:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting that there are a total of 13 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 312 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 299 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 9, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The BOT established a series of assistance programs to help Tribal members who have been impacted by COVID-19. Initial elements of the Phase I assistance program include:

o For laid-off or furloughed residents who live in CTUIR Housing, no rent will be charged for the months of April, May and June.

o Late fees and evictions in CTUIR Housing will be suspended for the months of April, May and June.

o Internet service on the Reservation will be provided at no cost for 90 days. Details about coverage area will be announced soon.

o The Emergency Assistance Program budget has been increased to provide need-based assistance to Tribal members within 75 miles of the Reservation and beyond the 75 miles radius.

o Food distribution will continue for those in need at the Old Gym parking lot with schedules to follow soon.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 6, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 29. Oregon now has a total of 1,132 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 64 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (6), Columbia (2), Curry (2), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Jackson (6), Josephine (3), Klamath (3), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Polk (2), Umatilla (1) and Washington (12). OHA is also reporting that a case reported yesterday as a Yamhill County case was later determined to be a Washington County case due to updated residency information; this case is not reflected in the statewide total of new cases for today. As of 12:30pm, 256 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 248 of which have returned negative. There are currently 8 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 6, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Yellowhawk is working daily to obtain additional supplies and access to laboratories to increase capacity for COVID-19 testing. Currently, testing for COVID-19 will be prioritized for the following groups:

o Patients experiencing symptoms of fever, lower respiratory illness and who have tested negative for flu.

o Patients who are close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have developed clinical symptoms of COVID-19 while under monitoring. 

o Healthcare workers, including EMS, who have been exposed to individuals who have COVID-19.

These criteria are expected to change as testing capacity increases

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone wear a cloth face cover if they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. 

o Cloth face covers should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

o Cloth face covers are not a substitute for social distancing; continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others and only go out if necessary.

o For detailed instructions on how to make cloth face mask, you can visit: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 7, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 33. Oregon now has a total of 1,181 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 49 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (7), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (4), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (6), Multnomah (15), Polk (2), and Washington (11). As of 12:00pm, 268 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 260 of which have returned negative. There are currently 8 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 7, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• For daily updates on the number of COVID-19 tests performed by Yellowhawk, please visit: www.yellowhawk.org

• All Umatilla Tribal Court hearings and in-person court appearances are continued (i.e. set over) until further court order. Notices will be delivered when court resumes regular office hours.

• The CTUIR ballot box located in the Nixyaawii Governance Center visitor’s parking lot is available to drop off credit program (tribal loan) applications, documents for tribal enrollment or for customers to drop payments off for tribal programs. The CTUIR box is marked CTUIR; Do not drop tribal documents into the Umatilla County Ballot box, tribal staff do not have a key to the county box to access your documents. For customers wanting to make payments over the phone please call 541-429-7151 or 541-429-7161

• The Intermountain Education Service District (IMESD) Helpdesk is available for students and families needing technology support related to online learning during the school closure. If your student is having trouble with their Chromebook or another device, or they cannot recall their login, call 1-888-223-9593. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours. If the line is busy, unanswered, after hours or during the weekend, you are encouraged to leave a voicemail with the following information:

o Student’s name(s)

o School district and attending school

o Grade level

o General description of the issue

o Call back phone number

o Email address for contact

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 4, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 26. Oregon now has a total of 999 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 100 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (12), Columbia (2), Deschutes (3), Douglas (2), Jackson (6), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lane (3), Linn (3), Marion (10),Multnomah (34), Polk (2) and Washington (19). As of 11:30am, 212 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 207 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 4, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone wear a cloth face cover if they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face covers should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Cloth face covers are not a substitute for social distancing; continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others and only go out if necessary.

• In the best interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, April 6 – April 11, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before April 10, 2020.

• Arrowhead/Mission Market “roll over” cash advance program is suspended effective immediately due to ongoing and expected employee furlough throughout the CTUIR, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and Cayuse Technologies. At this time there is no date set that this service to return to active employees.

• CTUIR DCFS will continue to take names and information for a possible future food distribution of fish OR game pending inventory of current stock, to add your name call 541-429-7300. They will continue to prioritize elders. Here are additional local options for those seeking food assistance:

o St. Mary’s Outreach | Monday – Thursday 10AM – 4PM | 440 SW Emigrant Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801. Call to place order ahead of time, 541-276-2878

o CAPECO’s offices remain temporarily closed to public access until further notice & will continue help clients access services via phone and online.

▪ Pendleton Main Office 541-276-1926

▪ Food Warehouse 541-276-5073

▪ Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, CAPECO’s operating hours will be:
8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Thursday & 8 AM – 12 PM Fridayo Salvation Army Pendleton (Lunch) | Monday – Saturday 11:30AM -12:30PM | 150 SE Emigrant, Pendleton, OR 97801

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 5, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 27. Oregon now has a total of 1,068 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 69 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Columbia (3), Klamath (1), Lane (3), Linn (2), Marion (10), Multnomah (24), Polk (2), Sherman (1), Umatilla (2), Washington (12) and Yamhill (3). As of 1:00pm, 214 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 207 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 7 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School District continues to provide “Grab and Go” meals to all students 18 years and under, weekdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Meals will be packed to take home and will not be served onsite. 

Meals are provided at the following locations:

o Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC)
455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton

o Washington Elementary School
1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton

o Mission Community Gym
73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

Starting tomorrow, Monday, April 6, a school bus will be at the following locations from 12 noon – 12:30pm to provide meals for students in these areas:

o Adams – Baseball Field Bus Stop

o Reith – George and Main Bus Stop

o Cayuse – Cayuse and River Bus Stop

o Meacham – Post office Bus Stop

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 2, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 21. Oregon now has a total of 826 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 90 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Deschutes (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lane (3), Lincoln (1), Marion (13), Union (2), Multnomah (26), Washington (22) and Yamhill (1). OHA is also reporting that a case previouslyreported in Douglas County was transferred to Lane County due to updated residency information; this person is not included in the total number of new statewide cases for today. As of 2:00pm, 170 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 165 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 2, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• On April 2, 2020, the BOT approved administrative leave for the Nixyaawii Governance Center employees in response to the need for employees to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy and out of workplace until April 30, 2020.

• The Tribal Fire Department annual Easter egg hunt scheduled on April 12, 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19.    

• TERO workers needing to check in for construction jobs or seeking construction work during this time are encouraged to contact TERO staff by email: TEROstaff@ctuir.org.

• April CUJ is available online at cuj.ctuir.org

• The fish & game sustenance distribution for Friday, April 3, 2020, is prioritizing elders and those unable to provide for themselves.

• Yellowhawk is requesting that patients please ensure their voice mailbox is set up or available to take messages during this time. Some mailboxes are full and can no longer receive additional messages.  

• The Pendleton School District continues to provide “Grab and Go” meals to all students 18 years and under, weekdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Meals will be packed to take home and will not be served onsite. 
Meals are provided at the following locations:

o Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC)
455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton

o Washington Elementary School
1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton

o Mission Community Gym
73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

Starting Monday, April 6, a school bus will be at the following locations from 12 noon – 12:30pm to provide meals for students in these areas:

o Adams – Baseball Field Bus Stop

o Reith – George and Main Bus Stop

o Cayuse – Cayuse and River Bus Stop

o Meacham – Post Office Bus Stop

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 3, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 22. Oregon now has a total of 899 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 73 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (4), Klamath (5), Malheur (1), Marion (14), Morrow (1), Multnomah (15), Polk (2), Washington (17) and Yamhill (5). As of 11:30am, 193 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 188 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 3, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR ballot box located in the Nixyaawii Governance Center visitor’s parking lot is available to drop off credit program (tribal loan) applications, documents for tribal enrollment or for customers to drop payments off for tribal programs. The box is secure and will be checked twice a day. For customers wanting to make payments over the phone please call 541-429-7151 or 541-429-7161. 
  • Yellowhawk is requesting that patients please ensure their voice mailbox is set up and available to receive messages at this time. Some mailboxes are full and can no longer receive additional messages. If you need to update your contact information, call 541-240-8661 or 541-240-8748. You can leave a message with your updated information.
  • Updated projects from health researchers show that there is “strong evidence that measures currently in place in Oregon are reducing transmission.” The most recent data suggest that current social distancing measures could cut transmission rates between 50% – 70% if Oregonians maintain these limitations on virus-spreading interactions into early May.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 31, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 18. Oregon now has a total of 690 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 84 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (10), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (16), Polk (3), Umatilla (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (2), Washington (18) and Yamhill (2). The Umatilla County case refers to the same case that was reported in the CTUIR Incident Command Update yesterday, March 30, 2020. To date, 150 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 145 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Additionally, at 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported that an out of state resident, who is temporarily in the area for essential employment has tested positive for COVID-19. As this individual is not a resident of Umatilla County or the State of Oregon, this case will not be reflected in the Umatilla County or OHA case count data. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 31, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• CTUIR BOT will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9am to discuss the following matters:

o COVID-19 Level 3 Response Stay at Home

o Second Round of 37.5 hours of Administrative Leave

o Flood emergency Incident Command Deactivation

o Polled Resolution 20-28 on Public Transit Closures

The BOT will meet briefly in the BOT Chambers and then return to their homes to complete the remainder of the meeting via Zoom. Tribal Members can call in to listen to this meeting by calling 213-338-8477. When prompted for the Meeting ID number, enter 637 507 4326.

• Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center WIC staff is available to serve you by phone. They can be reached directly at 541-215-2163.

o Has your food budget taken a hit with no school and kids home all day?  Has your income changed? You can join WIC anytime if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children ages 0-5yrs.

• The Oregon Health Authority is reporting new information regarding the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) during the COVID-19 pandemic:

o All members who are currently enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan will not lose coverage during this crisis.

o Individuals can sign for OHP without having to verify their income (submit a pay stub) with their application. They will be able to self-attest, which will help Oregonians get access to OHP coverage more quickly.

o Federal stimulus payments and increased unemployment payments will not affectOHP eligibility. They will not be counted during the application process or when members report a change in their household.

To apply for OHP, apply online at ONE.Oregon.gov or by calling 800-699-9075.

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 Incident Command Status Update

April 1, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 19. Oregon now has a total of 736 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 47 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (1), Lane (2), Lincoln (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (18), Washington (3) and Yamhill (1).OHA is also reporting that a case reported in Hood River County yesterday was later determined to be a Washington State case. The total number of cases reported yesterday has changed from 690 to 689. As of 12:30pm, 159 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 154 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of April 1, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The April edition of the Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ) will be released tomorrow.

• TERO workers needing to check in for construction jobs or seeking construction work during this time are encouraged to contact TERO staff by email: TEROstaff.org

• First Food sustenance distribution for tribal households will occur on April 3, 2020 from 11am – 1pm at the DNR Fish & Wildlife freezer located physically on “A” Street South of the Umatilla BIA campus. 

o CTUIR members must call CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300 before 4pm tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, 2020 to request available stored meat and fish. Foods will only be distributed to those who call and request. 

o To pick up, Tribal members must:

▪ Bring Tribal ID to fish/meat pick up;

▪ One fish and one packet of meat allowed per Tribal member (deer, elk, or bison);

▪ Bring own bags/containers for fish and/or meat pick up; CTUIR will not provide bags or containers.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 29, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 548 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 69 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (3), Deschutes (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (11), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (1), Linn (4), Marion (15), Multnomah (10), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1) and Washington (14). As of 11:00AM, 126 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 122 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 4 positive cases of COVID-19. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 29, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The CTUIR Community has entered a critical time in the virus life cycle.  We will need to practice Social Distancing and Isolation to the best of our abilities if we are to keep the spreading curve as low as possible. 77% of Covid-19 cases continue to go undiagnosed as we await more testing medium and kits.  Please take all necessary precautions.

• CTUIR BOT Monday morning work session has been canceled and an announcement regarding a meeting set for April 1 is forthcoming.  

• Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, March 30 – April 4, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before April 3, 2020.

• All CTUIR entities will continue to provide only critical services for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2020.

• CTUIR members may call CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300 to request available stored (frozen) meat and or fish for family subsistence needs, subject to supply, with priority given to seniors and those unable to provide for themselves.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 30, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 16. Oregon now has a total of 606 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 58 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (1), Deschutes (2), Douglas (4), Jackson (1), Josephine (4), Lane (2), Marion (14), Multnomah (9), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (2), Washington (14) and Yamhill (1). As of 1:30pm today, Umatilla Co. Health is reporting a 5th positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 138 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 133 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 30, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Cayuse Holdings is now accepting applications for temporary Customer ServiceRepresentatives (CSR) to work remotely. CSR’S will be hired as Independent Contractors with wages started at $16/hour and no benefits. Tribal members and displaced employees of the CTUIR or its entities are encouraged to apply. 

For more information, go to cayuseholdings.com. 

• CTUIR BOT will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9am to discuss the following matters:

o COVID-19 Level 3 Response Stay at Homeo Second Round of 37.5 hours of Administrative Leaveo Flood emergency Incident Command Deactivationo Polled Resolution 20-28 on Public Transit Closures. Tribal Members can call in to listen to this meeting. The call in number will be provided in the March 31st ICT Press Release.

 • The CTUIR Credit Program will remain open March 30- April 3, 2020 (by appointment) to continue to be a financial resource for meeting tribal member’s credit needs. Tribal members who have already turned in a credit program application will be contacted forappointments as soon as possible. 

 o If you have not yet turned in a credit application and are in need of assistance, they are available for download at www.CTUIR.org under tribal services. Please note: the credit program is receiving a large volume of calls at this time; Be sure to leave a voicemail with contact information for a return call to your inquiry: 

Phone: 541-429-7155       

FAX: 541-429-7171.

Email: Credit@ctuir.org

• CAPECO’s offices will be temporarily closed to public access until further notice to help slow the pandemic. We will continue help clients access services via phone and online.

Pendleton Main Office 541-276-1926
Hermiston 541-289-7755
Food Warehouse 541-276-5073
The Dalles 541-506-3512

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, CAPECO’s operating hours will be:
8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Thursday & 8 AM – 12 PM Friday

• First Food sustenance distribution for tribal households will occur on April 3, 2020 from 11am – 1pm at the DNR Fish & Wildlife freezer located physically on “A” Street South of the Umatilla BIA campus. Additional requests for tribal households will go by the following protocol:

o CTUIR members may call CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300 to request available stored (frozen) meat and or fish for family subsistence needs, subject to supply, with priority given to seniors and those unable to provide for themselves. Tribal members must:

▪ Bring Tribal ID to fish/meat pick up;

▪ One fish and one packet of meat allowed per Tribal member (deer, elk, or bison);

▪ Bring own bag/containers for fish and/or meat pick up; CTUIR will not provide bag or containers.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 27, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death total to twelve. Additionally, Oregon now has a total of 414 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 98 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Columbia (1), Deschutes(3), Douglas (1), Jackson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (2), Linn (2), Marion (26), Morrow (1), Multnomah (22), Polk (4), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18) and Yamhill (4). The one positive case in Umatilla County (above) is the same case that was included in the CTUIR Incident Command Status Update on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 as reported by the Umatilla County Health Department. To date, there have been four reported cases in Umatilla County, two of those occurred this week. There have been no cases reported on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 27, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• All CTUIR entities will continue to provide only critical services for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2020.

• Effective Sunday, March 29, 2020, Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon will be closed until further notice.

• Beware of on-line and phone donation scams:  A GoFundMe site was attempting to collect money for a tribally owned restaurant and its workers.  There are fraudulent acts beingperpetrated during this crisis; please be on the lookout.

• Disease modeling projections released by the OHA Joint Incident Command yesterday indicate that we must continue to maintain aggressive measures to isolate ourselves from each other so we can potentially lessen infections and any burdens on hospitals in our region and across the state. The models forecast the following outcomes for 3 different scenarios (AAC – non ICU beds / ICU – Intensive Care Unit beds):

Return to business as usual: If Oregon lifted all the social distancing measures state leaders have instituted in recent weeks, there will be an estimated 15,000 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 5,900-26,000). Approximately 1,100 people would need inpatient beds (850 AAC/250 ICU)

Maintain bans on large gatherings and indefinite school closures: There would be an estimated 6,100 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 2,000-12,000) and 340 people will need inpatient beds (260 AAC/80 ICU)

Maintain aggressive interventions put into place on Monday, March 23rd (i.e., Stay Home, Save Lives) with high public adherence: There will be an estimated 1,000 cumulative infections by May 8th (within a range of 700-3,800). Under this scenario, hospitals would have to boost capacity by a smaller number of beds.

• The CTUIR began behavior change on March 2, 2020 and in general has seen community-wide compliance with our aggressive plan to stop the spread. We all must make sacrifices in our efforts to keep ourselves safe by limiting contact with each other, our friends and our families.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 28, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death total to thirteen. Additionally, Oregon now has a total of 479 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 65 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (1), Linn (4), Marion (11), Multnomah (14), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (18) and Yamhill (2). The one positive case in Umatilla County is the same case that was included in the CTUIR Incident Command Status Update on Thursday, March 26, 2020. As of 11:00AM, 115 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 111 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 4 positive cases of COVID-19. It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise. 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 28, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, March 30 – April 4, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before April 3, 2020.

• All CTUIR entities will continue to provide only critical services for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2020.

• Effective Sunday, March 29, 2020, Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon will be closed until further notice.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 25, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 266 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Washington (20) and Yamhill (1). Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority reported that COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death total to ten. Additionally, at 1:00PM today, the Umatilla County Health Department reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. This new case brings the Umatilla County positive cases of COVID-19 to three.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 25, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Nixyáawii Governance Center is closed from March 25 through March 29, 2020. Although CTUIR government offices will be closed, essential services will continue.
  • The advertised fish and meat distribution that was scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 has been rescheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020. To request available stored (frozen) meat and or fish for family subsistence needs, subject to supply, contact the CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300. Priority will be given to seniors and those unable to provide for themselves.
  • Effective at 5:00PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Mission Market will be open for drive through orders only.
  • Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham recorded a special message for the community regarding the recent changes and restrictions in place to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19; Tune in at the top of any hour on KCUW 104.3FM or listen online at https://soundcloud.com/kcuwradio (https://soundcloud.com/kcuwradioo souncloud.com and search “KCUW radio”.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 26, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 316 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 50 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5), Josephine (2), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (14), Multnomah (12), Polk (3), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1) and Washington (8). Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority reported that COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death total to eleven. Additionally, at 4:00PM today, Umatilla County Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. This new case brings the Umatilla County positive cases of COVID-19 to four.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 26, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows: 

• The Pendleton School District will be at the Mission Community Gym tomorrow from 11:30AM – 12:30PM distributing five weeks of homework packets for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

• Mission Market is temporarily suspending public access inside the store. Grocery items and a limited menu of deli items are available through the take-out window. Customers can call ahead to 541-276-9082 to order items for pick-up, request mail from a Post Office Box, or request service at the fuel pumps.

• Yellowhawk has been resupplied by IHS with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our medical and first responders.

• Armand Minthorn shared a message to the community that can be heard at least every other hour at the top of the hour on KCUW 104.3FM or online at https://soundcloud.com/kcuwradio.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 23, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 191 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (2), Hood River (1), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (2), Polk (2) and Washington (14).

Officials have estimated March 24 through March 29 are CRITICAL for all Oregonians to comply with mandates set forth in order to protect the general public from larger scale spread of COVID-19 and point of no-return for intervention to prevent hospital overload.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 23, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Cayuse Technologies reports that residents should expect a slow-down in internet, cellular and landline services due to an anticipated increase in usage. Calls may take longer to connect or you may have to try a number several times. Online streaming is likely to be very spotty and some sites may go offline temporarily during peak times.
  • Effective today, March 23, 2020, patients picking up medications from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center can park in a designated parking space and have their medications brought out to them. Six parking spaces have been reserved in the south parking area, next to Elder parking. Patients can park in a marked space and call pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 for parking lot delivery of their order.
  • The CTUIR has been in contact with both the Seattle Indian Health Board in Seattle, Washington and the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon regarding services available for Tribal members living in these areas. The Seattle Indian Health Board can be reached at (206) 324-9360. NAYA can be reached at (503) 288-8177. If you are a Tribal member living off the CTUIR and need assistance locating services in your area, please contact CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at (541) 429-7300.
  • All requests for first food sustenance gathering (wildlife hunting & fishing) will now be processed directly through CTUIR Department of Natural Resources Director Eric Quaempts who will make exclusive site approval recommendations and sanctions. Tribal Members in need of first food provisions will initiate that request through Julie Taylor at Department of Children and Family Services, (541) 429-7300.

CTUIR Board of Trustees polled and adopted Resolution 20-028 (exhibits attached) which includes the following orders:

  1. Non-essential tribal, longhouse, social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence (e.g. parties, celebrations or other similar gatherings and events) are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.
    1. Individuals are prohibited from doing business on the Umatilla Indian Reservation that are not operating consistently with those that are closed by the State of Oregon under Executive Oregon 20-12 (Attached as Exhibit 1).
    1. When individuals need to leave their homes or residences, they should at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person who is not a member of their immediate household, to the greatest extent possible, and comply with other social distancing requirements issues by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.
    1. Individuals may go outside for outdoor recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.) and the exercise of the CTUIR member rights held under the Treaty of 1855, buy must limit those activities to non-contact, and are prohibited from engaging in these activities if it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distances of six feet or more between individuals.
    1. The Board authorizes further limitations on Wildhorse Resort and Casino Operations to the essential services offered by Arrowhead Truck Plaza and Mission Market effective noon, Wednesday March 25, 2020 as detailed in Exhibit 2.
    1. Funerals will be conducted in a manner that does not conflict with the limitations of social distancing and other criteria outlined in Exhibit 3.
    1. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Resolution constitutes an imminent threat to our public health. Ay person found to be in violation of this Resolution is subject to a penalty of up to 365 days in jail or a fine of $5,000 that can be enforced by the Umatilla Tribal police and Prosecuted by the Office of the Prosecutor or Office of Legal Counsel before the Umatilla Tribal Court and affording the accused with Due Process under Indian Civil Rights Act.
    1. This order extends through April 28, 2020.
    1. As authorized by Resolution 16-023 Incident Command will designate all further action for health, safety and continuity of government/enterprises consistent with the CTUIR Emergency Response Plan. Incident Command will continue to update the Board no less than weekly. 

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 24, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 209 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 18 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (3), Clatsop (1), Jackson (1), Marion (2), Multnomah (4) and Washington (7). Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority reported that COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death total to eight.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 24, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • BOT will convene during their regular morning work session on Monday March 30, to ratify the following polled items:
    • Motion to approve Administrative Leave for 37.5 hours for government staff
    • Motion to deactivate Flood Response Incident Command Team and move into recovery
    • Motion to approve adopted Resolution 20-028
  • Effective immediately, all forms of traditional sweat are temporarily banned until further notice due to the possibility of contracting the COVID-19 virus between people in a sweat lodge and the potential of exacerbating (worsening) any respiratory issues.
  • The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services provided firewood to five elder homes. These efforts will continue as staff work to obtain additional resources and supplies.
  • First Food sustenance distribution for tribal households will occur on March 27, 11AM – 1PM at the DNR Fish & Wildlife freezer located physically on “A” Street South of the Umatilla BIA campus. Additional requests for tribal households will go by the following protocol:
    • CTUIR members may call CTUIR DCFS at 541-729-7300 to request available stored (frozen) meat and or fish for family subsistence needs, subject to supply, with priority given to seniors and those unable to provide for themselves. Tribal members must:
      • Bring Tribal ID to fish/meat pick up,
      • One fish and one packet of meat allowed per Tribal member (deer, elk, or bison);
      • Bring own bag/containers for fish and/or meat pick up; CTUIR will not provide bag or containers,
  • DCFS provides list of CTUIR member name, fish and meat requests to DNR Fisheries Administrative Assistant by Thursday, March 26, COB, 4pm;
  • DNR Fisheries staff will be on site at Freezer from 10:45 to 1:15 pm, Friday, March 27;
  • CTUIR member drives to DNR F&W Freezer for pick up, provides identification, receives meat/fish, DNR Admin Assistant and CTUIR member maintain social distancing as possible.

The CTUIR Department of Natural Resources will process all permits to pre-selected hunters who will attempt to harvest elk for community subsistence meat distribution. The hunters will not be hunting for themselves. The harvested animals, once processed and packaged, will be made available to the community as per the previously described protocol for distribution of meat stored in the F&W Freezer. We will apprise the CTUIR membership if there are any changes to hunt permit processes or opportunities if/when they are made.

  • For distribution of fish and meat to CTUIR members from the Fish and Wildlife Freezer: Due to limited supply, DNR will only be able to distribute one fish and one package of meat per household – not one fish & one package of meat for each CTUIR member in each household.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 21, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 137 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 23 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (1), Deschutes (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Marion (2), Multnomah (6), Washington (11). Additionally, Oregon Health Authority is reporting that COVID-19 has claimed another life in Oregon, raising Oregon’s death toll from three to four.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 21, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services and Yellowhawk Community Wellness collaborated to distribute donated produce and dairy products from Wildhorse to over 250 community members. This included deliveries of food boxes to elders by CTUIR, Yellowhawk and Nixyáawii Senior Center staff. This outreach will continue for all elder homes as staff work to obtain additional resources and supplies.
  • The BOT has released tribal government employees for the week of March 23 through March 27, 2020. Although CTUIR government offices will be closed, essential services will continue.
  • The Átaw Miyánašma Learning Center will be closed for the week of March 23 through March 27, 2020. A determination on re-opening the following week will be made on or before March 27, 2020.
  • Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, March 23, 2020 through Saturday, March 28, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before March 27, 2020. For updates or inquiries, you may contact Kayak Public Transit dispatch at 541-429-7519.
  • Effective at 12 noon on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Wildhorse will be closing the Tower Hotel, Cineplex, Hot Rock Cafe and Wild Roast until further notice.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 22, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 161 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 24 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (1), Deschutes (1), Lane (1), Marion (3), Multnomah (1), Washington (13) and Yamhill (2). Additionally, Oregon Health Authority is reporting that COVID-19 has claimed another life in Oregon, raising Oregon’s death toll from four to five.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 22, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced the closure of all state parks, including all trails, viewpoints, and picnic areas and all other facilities beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 23 through May 8, 2020. Day-use state parks will close starting March 23 at 5PM and will not reopen until further notice. All campers must check out by 1PM on Monday, March 23.
  • The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Department of Natural Resources announced the closure of all state campgrounds across Washington beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 23 through April 30, 2020. Day use areas and trails remain open in addition to WDFW wildlife areas and water access areas.
  • Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order today enacting a 90-day statewide ban on residential evictions for failure to pay rent. As previously announced on March 18, 2020, the ICT has enacted a temporary ban on CTUIR Housing evictions.
  • The Átaw Miyánašma Learning Center and Lil’ Turtle Retreat Daycare will be closed for the week of March 23 through March 27, 2020.
  • Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, March 23 through Saturday, March 28, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before March 27, 2020. For updates or inquiries, you may contact Kayak Public Transit dispatch at 541-429-7519.
  • As of 12 noon today, March 22, 2020, Wildhorse has closed the Tower Hotel, Cineplex, Hot Rock Cafe and Wild Roast until further notice. These facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

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.

Kayak Public Transit response to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 – Kayak Public Transit takes the COVID-19 pandemic seriously especially when concerning the health of our passengers and employees.  In the interest of public health, Kayak Public Transit will not operate during the week of Monday, March 23 to Saturday, March 28th.  On or before March 27th, Kayak Public Transit will monitor the ongoing situation and make a determination concerning the following week. Kayak recognizes its role as a lifeline for access to employment, medical, and shopping needs throughout the region, and we do not take this action lightly.  Please feel free to contact our dispatch for updates or inquiries.

CTUIR Incident Command Status Update

March 20, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:30am today, Oregon now has a total of 114 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 26 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (2), Grant (1), Linn (1), Marion (4), Multnomah (5), Union (1), Washington (6) and Yamhill (2). The one confirmed case in Union County refers to the same case that was reported in yesterday’s CTUIR Incident Command Status Update.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • Kayak Public Transit will cease operations for the week of Monday, March 23, 2020 through Saturday, March 28, 2020. Kayak Public Transit will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination regarding the following week on or before March 27, 2020. For updates or inquiries, you may contact Kayak Public Transit dispatch at 541-429-7519.
  • Effective at 12 noon on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Wildhorse will be closing the Tower Hotel, Cineplex, Hot Rock Cafe and Wild Roast until further notice.
  • Yellowhawk Behavioral Health Department has compiled a list of resources for mental health and recovery support information during this crisis. To view these resources, visit yellowhawk.org/coronavirus-updates and click on the link directly above today’s update. For more information, contact Yellowhawk Behavioral Health at 541-240-8670.

Please read below for an important update from the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission:

In recognition of the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to day-to-day necessities, the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission stands ready to help address Tribal members’ critical needs for First Food sources while maintaining the health of big game populations for current and future use. Current inventories of fish and game meat in tribal freezer lockers will be made available as needed to seniors and those otherwise deemed unable to provide for their own needs. In addition, the Commission will evaluate changes to big game season openers to provide early access to elk and deer meat. In the near term, a limited number of special subsistence hunt permit may be issued for hunt areas where impacts to herd health and other natural resources can be minimized. Special requests may be made in writing to the Commission pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Code Section, 10.02 for Commission consideration. Requests forms for fish and game meat may be obtained from the Department of Natural Resources. Call (541) 429-7200 and request Celeste Reeves. The Commission encourages those with ample reserves in their own freezers to consider the needs of family and neighbors in this challenging time of need. More changes may be forthcoming during these challenging times, and the CTUIR FWC will provide updates or changes as soon as practical. 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 Incident Command Status Update

March 18, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:30am today, Oregon now has a total of 75 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Lane (2), Marion (4), Washington (2) and Yamhill (1). Additionally, Oregon Health Authority is reporting that COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from this virus to three.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 18, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • All updates on the CTUIR response to COVID-19 can be found on the CTUIR website at ctuir.org/coronavirus.
  • Effective immediately, there is a temporary ban on CTUIR Housing evictions. ICT has also directed CTUIR Housing to keep designated office staff and maintenance personnel on call for urgent or necessary repairs on housing units.
  • BOT has approved up to two weeks of paid administrative leave for Wildhorse employees affected by casino’s temporary closure.
  • BOT will hold a special meeting on Friday March 20, 2020 at 9AM to vote on the following action items:
    • Ratify Polled Motion approving the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer’s Recommendation to temporarily close the Wildhorse Casino and how the other Wildhorse enterprises should be operated in the CTUIR Public Health COVID-19
    • NW Farm Credit Services Loan Documents for a loan to purchase the Wheelhouse property
    • Grazing Lease with Standing O Ranch and the First Amended Maintenance and Logging Easement
  • Wildhorse Resort and Casino has suspended its shuttle service until further notice.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 19, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 8:30am today, Oregon now has a total of 88 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Linn (2), Marion (5), Multnomah (4) and Washington (2). Additionally, at 2:00pm today, the Center for Human Development reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Union County. This case will be reflected in Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 daily update totals for states and counties tomorrow, March 20, 2020.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR Credit Program will remain open March 23-27, 2020 (by appointment) to continue to be a financial resource for meeting tribal member’s credit needs.  Tribal members who have already turned in a credit program application will be contacted for appointments starting next week. 
    • If you have not yet turned in a credit application and are in need of assistance, they are available for download at www.CTUIR.org under tribal services. Please note: the credit program is receiving a large volume of calls at this time; Be sure to leave a voicemail with contact information for a return call to your inquiry:
      • 541-429-7155         

FAX: 541-429-7171

Email: Credit@ctuir.org

  • BOT will hold a special meeting, tomorrow, Friday – March 20, 2020 at 9AM to vote on the following action items:
    • Ratify Polled Motion approving the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer’s Recommendation to temporarily close the Wildhorse Casino and how the other Wildhorse enterprises should be operated in the CTUIR Public Health COVID-19
    • NW Farm Credit Services Loan Documents for a loan to purchase the Wheelhouse property
    • Grazing Lease with Standing O Ranch and the First Amended Maintenance and Logging Easement

Tribal Members who have experienced discrimination by denial of services in the State of Oregon may report an Oregon businesses that discriminated against you.

Under Oregon law, businesses open to the public are prohibited from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age.

Reports filed with the Oregon Board of Labor and Industries (BOLI) initiate an investigation into that business.  Your reported information should be filled out on the BOLI website on their questionnaire for public accommodation discrimination.    

Report Questionnaires can be filed on line, or printed and submitted:

  • ONLINE complaint filing: https://oregon.gov/boli/CRD
  • Print, Submit & Mail
    • Civil Rights Division – Oregon L&I
      800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 1045

Portland, OR 97232

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 16, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 5:33pm today, Oregon now has a total of 47 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced eight new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting 2 new cases each in Benton and Deschutes Counties; and 1 new case in each of the following counties: Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 16, 2020 at 6:00pm are as follows:

  • Gov. Kate Brown ordered restaurants and bars to move to takeout or deliver only and banned gatherings of 25 or more in Oregon , starting Tuesday, March 17
  • The CTUIR will move tribal government operations into contingency mode enacted no later than Wednesday March 18, 2020. Under contingency mode the CTUIR’s current objective is to further isolate the Reservation and workforce from contact with outside communities that are now, or will soon experience outbreaks, some of those efforts include:
    • The BOT will release tribal government employees for the week of March 23 -March 27th.
    • The BOT will not meet next week but will reconvene the week of March 30 by teleconference.
    • Public access to the Nixyaawii Governance Center will be limited to minimize unnecessary presence in the Governance Center.  Public access will only be available at the main visitors’ entrance in the rotunda, and will have a visitor screening station set up.  All other entrances will be accessible by key-card only. 
    • CTUIR government payroll will issue paychecks/direct deposit on Friday March 20th.
    • CTUIR Department of Children is taking phone calls for elders or vulnerable citizens in need. That number is 541-429-7300.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be providing essential services only. This includes:
    • Medical appointments only if screened by nursing staff over the phone prior. Routine appointments in all clinics will be postponed at this time.
  • For Dr. James Winde call LaShay at 541.240.8655
  • For Elizabeth Sieders call Mikhy at 541.240.8639
  • For Colleen Thurman call Alicia at 541.240.8637
  • Lab or x-ray appointments, please call 541.240.8755
    • Pharmacy appointments and for Diabetes sensor changes or INR monitoring, please call 541.240.8691
    • Dental will be providing emergency walk-ins only, such as pain and swelling. Dental can be reached at 541.240.8698
    • Chemical Dependency will be providing individual sessions by phone. Call Behavioral Health at 541.240.8695
    • Treatment groups will be reduced to 3 per week and adapted to serve a broader treatment population. The following groups will continue to meet: DUII/A&D Education Group; A&D Education/Relapse Prevention Group.  Yellowhawk staff will notify clients about these Treatment Group scheduling adjustments. All other groups are suspended until further notice.
    • Mental Health telepsych will be provided by phone and therapists will provide phone-based sessions to established clients. Call Behavioral Health at 541.240.8625 or 541.969.0071
    • Community Wellness will continue to provide Community Health Nursing, Community Health Representative and Transportation services, please call 541.240.8412. Nixyáawii Senior Center will provide meal delivery for elders over age 55 call 541.240.8700. WIC services will be available by phone call 541.240.8521.
  • Yellowhawk Pick-up or Delivery for Higher-Risk Patients:
    • If you are age 60 years and older, or have chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease or lung disease Yellowhawk Pharmacy encourages you to have a family member pick up your medications whenever possible. If pick-up cannot be arranged, Yellowhawk Pharmacy can offer medication deliveries. Please contact the pharmacy with your medication order at 541-240-8691. If you receive the pharmacy messaging service, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and names of the medications being requested. Be sure to also request medication delivery if needed. Medication deliveries will be picked up at the pharmacy at 1:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday, and will be delivered by our Community Wellness Department staff.

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 Incident Command Status Update

March 17, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 10:30am today, Oregon now has a total of 65 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 18 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Linn (5), Marion (1), Multnomah (1) and Washington (7). 

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 17, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services will continue to provide Emergency Assistance (Elders, Veterans, CTUIR Emergency Services), General Assistance, Child Care and Foster Care services. Office doors are locked during this time, the intake process will be conducted over the phone. To receive services, please call: 541-429-7305 or 541-429-7300 or julietaylor@ctuir.org.
  • Effective today, March 17th, the CTUIR Fish & Wildlife Commission has closed the 2019-2020 Treaty Bison Hunt Season.
  • Effective today, March 17th, Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon and Hamley Cafe will be open for takeout orders only.
  • Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Kinship Café and the Museum Store will be closed to the public until April 3, 2020.
  • Wildhorse Golf Course will remain open with food service at the Clubhouse limited to takeout orders. The Golf Course at Birch Creek will remain open and restaurant will provide takeout orders only.
  • Effective tomorrow, March 18th, at 12 noon, Wildhorse will be closing the casino until April 8, 2020. All restaurants will be open for takeout orders with the exception of Plateau, which will be closed. Wildhorse Cineplex will remain open through Sunday, March 22nd, at which time closure will be re-evaluated.
  • The hotel tower will remain open with 100 rooms available, limited to every other room on each floor, and the courtyard rooms will be closed.

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 Board of Trustees Establishes COVID19 Incident Command

March 12, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Board of Trustees approved Resolution 20-21 today. The resolution establishes a COVID-19 Incident Command to assertively protect the health and welfare of the CTUIR population and that of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) and aggressively expand measures to protect elders, vulnerable populations and adjust for continuity of essential governmental, community and commerce services. “The former Public Health Incident Command supports the change,” said Kat Brigham, Board of Trustees Chair, “Public Health Officer Lisa Guzman and her staff have done excellent work.  We are now focusing on the broader impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our Reservation community.” The BOT has reviewed the information issued by both the federal and state governments and has determined a need to expand the responsibility and authority of the Incident Command to deal with this critical health issue in the broadest context. “We are bringing together the interdisciplinary resources of the Tribal government, Health Services and Economic Enterprises to determine next steps in dealing with this pandemic,” said Chuck Sams, Incident Commander, “we know a comprehensive approach is key to ensure the health of our people and our economy in the coming months.”  The Incident Command team will issue new community wide advisories and order on March 13, 2020. With the news of over 118,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide, effecting 110 countries and the growing number of cases in the states of Oregon and Washington, the BOT is working to provide all the necessary resources of the Tribal government by appropriating $1 million dollars to support the Incident Command’s work in the coming days and months. 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 Incident Command Status Update

March 15, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.  As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes.  The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community. As of 11:00am today, Oregon now has a total of 39 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced three new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting 1 new case Yamhill County, 1 new case in Deschutes County, and 1 new case in Linn County. The Yamhill County and Deschutes County cases are believed to be community acquired. The case in Linn County is a staff member at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, which currently has nine residents who have tested positive. State and local officials have also reported Oregon has its first fatality from COVID-19 as of March 14, 2020, a 70-year-old man in Multnomah County who had underlying health conditions as well.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 15, 2020 at 6:00pm are as follows:

  • The Pendleton School District will be providing “Grab and Go” meals to all students 18 years and under, weekdays beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, 11:30-12:30pm. Meals will be packed to take home and will not be served onsite. Students must be present to receive meals.

Meals will be provided from:

  • Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC)

455 SW 13th St, Pendleton

  • Washington Elementary School

1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton

  • CTUIR Community Gym

73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

There are community action plans currently being discussed by the incident command team that will be shared once finalized. Those include:

  • Yellowhawk is finalizing plans internally to ease the access to prescription medications for those that are homebound or at higher risk. Update expected Monday, March 15

The CTUIR Board of Trustees will be meeting on Monday, March 15, expect further updates after this convening. 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.

Wildhorse Resort and Casino Reopens

March 4, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Board of Trustees has reviewed the inspection report from the tribal Environmental Health and Safety specialist and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center staff and determined that Wildhorse Resort and Casino has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Wildhorse Resort and Casino reopened their doors at 12:00 PM, March 4, 2020.
“The safety of our patrons is our highest priority,” said Gary George, CEO of Wildhorse, “we deeply appreciate the leadership of the Board of Trustees and the guidance and support of our Public Health Incident Command team.” In an effort to ensure public health safety Wildhorse Resort and Casino was temporarily closed March 2-4 to conduct a deep cleaning. An employee of Wildhorse was diagnosed with COVID-19. “We are all praying for a speedy recovery of our staff member,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the Board of Trustees “we appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward to welcoming back our friends and patrons.”
Wildhorse Resort and Casino serves over 4000 patrons daily. The current expansion underway will provide more entertainment and services to the patrons. Wildhorse Resort and Casino is a prime vacation destination for visitors to the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Northeast Oregon.
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.

33rd Annual Basketball Against Drugs and Alcohol (BAAD) Tournament Cancelled

March 9, 2020 – The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Public Health Incident Command System team is committed to protecting the health and safety of the CTUIR community and other members of visiting communities, this press release is in response to minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus. For this reason, the 33rd Annual Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs (BAAD) Tournament originally scheduled for March 23-24, 2020 and March 27-28, 2020 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation has been cancelled. The BAAD committee greatly appreciates the support from the local community, visitors, and participants for this annual event and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. The committee will be following up with teams that have already registered for the tournament. 

For more information you may contact the committee at BAADTourney@ctuir.org

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – FROM TRIBAL FINANCE

February 3, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation issued the 2019 IRS Form 1099–MISC to Tribal members reporting various types of income – including Tribal gaming dividends – on January 29, 2020.  Due to a computer error, gaming dividends that should have been reported in Box 3 were reported in Box 2. 

The Tribal Finance Office will correct this error by sending each Tribal member a revised Form 1099-MISC by Friday, February 7th. 

Do not file your 2019 tax returns until you receive the corrected Form 1099-MISC.  If you have already filed your 2019 tax return with the Form 1099-MISC issued last month, you will need to amend your return with the corrected Form 1099-MISC that you should receive the week of February 10th.

We apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may cause.  We have taken measures to ensure this mistake is not made in the future.

Presumptive Coronavirus Affects CTUIR

March 2, 2020 – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees has been informed by the Governor’s Office via the Oregon Health Authority that a staff member of Wildhorse Resort and Casino has tested presumptive positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Board of Trustees has ordered an Incident Command be stood up.  The Incident Command will consist of staff from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the Tribal Government.  The Board of Trustees has ordered that Nixyaawii Community School, Head Start, Daycare and Senior Center to be closed until all facilities have been fully sanitized.  Wildhorse Resort and Casino will be temporarily closed in order to sanitize the facilities.  Closures will take effect at 12:00 PM March 2, 2020.  In addition, all community events on the Umatilla Indian Reservation are cancelled for the week of March 2 to 8, 2020. 

The Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. The virus is spread from one person to another through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

To help prevent the spread of this virus, the flu and common cold please:

  • wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others by not attending large events
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

      The Confederated Tribes is coordinating the response to this event with the State of Oregon and Umatilla County.  Public safety is a primary concern of the CTUIR.  All efforts are being taken to ensure the health and safety of the community and will be providing information as it becomes available.  Additional information about the virus and how to take necessary precautions can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha.  A hotline has been established to answer questions and concerns by dialing 211.

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.