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Ground breaking for new casino

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The Confederated Tribes began work this week at the Highway 26 casino construction site. A large crowd turned out for the ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.
Tribal Council Chairman Buck Smith said the casino project will bring new jobs to Warm Springs. The new casino, being close by the highway, is also expected to increase gaming revenue to the tribes, Chairman Smith said.
The casino will be housed in a 40,000-square foot building beside the plaza. There will be 500 slot machines, and eight blackjack tables; plus a restaurant with seating for 120, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The building will house a snack bar with seating for 30, and a gift shop. The casino will be open 24-hours, employing 280 people.
During the ground-breaking, Councilmen J.P. Patt and Scott Moses commented on the tribes’ need for this enterprise. Chief Delvis Heath gave the blessing, and the Quartz Creek dancers and drum group performed. The tribes’ gaming board members and many guests were on hand for the event.

 


Casino moving forward (4-20-11)

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The Gaming enterprise board has approved moving Indian Head Casino from Kah-Nee-Ta to the Highway 26 location in Warm Springs.  Groundbreaking is expected to happen the first part of next month.
“We’re working very diligently to make this project a reality,” Kah-Nee-Ta board chairman Deepak Sehgal said. The cost for the project will be an estimated $12.5 million.  “We are working with a number of financial institutes to secure the best deal that we can.”
Sehgal said he hopes to have the facility open by New Year’s Day 2012, with some hurdles to clear.
Some of the work that lies ahead will be tackled by project engineer Travis Wells.  This includes all of the initial engineering for the site preparation, water, sewer and power. Natural Resources has been utilized for necessary environmental clearances.
“We have been working closely with the Tribal Land Use Committee to make sure we comply with all tribal rules and regulations.  However, we have hired outside architects to design the building and hired general contractors to construct the facility.  We will be making sure that every opportunity is made available for tribal entities and tribal members when the general contractors begin work.”
Recent concepts for the design of New Indian Head Casino reflect the influences of Celilo Falls scaffolding and the reflection of water from the Columbia River.  Colors for the design were pulled from actual photos of Indian Head Canyon.


Teleco ground-breaking (4-20-11)

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The Warm Springs Telecommunications Co. began work last week on remodeling the old apparel building at the industrial park.
The building will be the main office of the telecommunications company, housing electronic equipment, offices and customer service area. The main area of the building has been vacant for the past several years. The structure needs a new roof, among other improvements.
The Warm Springs Telecommunications Company (WSTC) last year received $5.3 million—half by grant and half as a loan—from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The company—the tribes’ newest enterprise—will bring high-speed Internet, telephone and video to the reservation. About 1,000 local homes and businesses will have access to the company’s services.
The enterprise itself will employ 19 people. Board members believe the improved telecommunications on the reservation will bring new business and more employment opportunities.
WSTC is only the ninth tribally-owned telecommunications company in the U.S., out of a total of 565 federally recognized tribes. The nine tribal telecommunications companies are members of the National Tribal Telecommunications Association (NTTA).
Jose Matanane, past president of the association and former general manager of the Fort Mojave telecommunications company, was on hand last week for the Warm Springs teleco dedication.
The Fort Mojave company has been in operation for about 20 years, employs 17 people, and serves 1,100 customers.  Since the company began, “We’ve seen the quality of life go up,” Matanane said.
The monthly service rate at Fort Mojave is very reasonable, including a $1 per month rate for those who qualify for the hardship program, he said.
The oldest tribal teleco is Cheyenne River Sioux Telephone Authority, founded in 1958.

 

 

Man shot, killed after police chase (3-28-11)


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The vehicle of the deceased is towed from the scene.

A 22-year-old Madras man was shot and killed by a Warm Springs police officer at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The deceased was identified as Vernon “Buddy” Middleton Jr. His body was transported to Portland after the shooting, as part of the investigation into the incident.
As standard practice, the officer was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, said Warm Springs Public Safety Branch Manager Stanley Suenaga.
The shooting happened at the Warm Springs Forest Products Industries mill, following a traffic stop and a police chase on foot.
Two Warm Springs officers were involved in the stop and the chase. Another person was in the vehicle with Mr. Middleton. This person was not injured, according to reports.
One of the officers received minor injuries, and was treated and released from Mountain View Hospital in Madras.
FBI agents from Bend and Portland and troopers with the Oregon State Police are investigating the case.
The investigators on Sunday night and Monday morning had a large outdoor area of the mill blocked off with police crime tape.
Evidence was located at various places across the asphalt, showing where the foot-chase occurred. The vehicle that Middleton had been riding in was lodged on an embankment above Shitike Creek. FBI, state police and tribal investigators were on the scene for several hours, determining the sequence of events that led to the fatal shooting.


Japan crisis impact mill (3-28-11)
Warm Springs Forest Products Industries is a leading regional exporter of lumber to Japan.
About 80 percent of the housing construction wood product from the WSFPI mill goes to Japan.
Like everyone, the millworkers were shocked by news of devastation from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan.
Mill workers have met Japanese clients on many occasions at the mill, said John “Sky” Katchia, WSFPI operations supervisor.
Being familiar with Japanese people made the images of disaster there even more moving, Katchia said.
“There was tremendous concern at the mill for the Japanese,” said Ryan Holwege, export sales director of Van Port International. For the past several years, Van Port has worked with WSFPI in marketing lumber to Japan.
“I work with the Japanese every day,” Holwege said. “And it was nice to hear the concern from the people at the mill.”
There is no way to tell for certain how the national disaster in Japan will impact the WSFPI operation, said Holwege.
In the short term, though, the mill could see a spike in the demand and price of lumber, followed by a lag in the market.
Then in the long-term, the demand could be greater than in recent years. “It all depends on the internal factors in Japan,” he said.
For instance, the wood from the Warm Springs is used for framing, while manufacturers in Japan have provided the plywood.
New homes cannot be built without the plywood, so the demand for the framing lumber would be low if the plywood is absent.
“And the plywood mills in Japan, and the workers there were affected,” Holwege said.
How all of this will play out is speculation, although there is some precedent: Holwege was in Japan shortly after the Kobe earthquake of 1995, “so we do have some history to draw on,” he said.
After the Kobe earthquake, which killed over 6,400 people, there was in the short-term a larger demand for lumber coming from U.S. mills. WSFPI could see a similar spike in demand.
The Warm Springs Forest Products Industries mill employs about 140 people, mostly tribal members.



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Proposed location of temporary casino on Highway 26. Buildings will be on both sides of the Plaza.

Temporary casino possible at Plaza

Tribal Council meeting this week with KNT board

By Duran Bobb
Spilyay Tymoo

This week the Kah-Nee-Ta board of directors is planning to recommend to Tribal Council a two-pronged approach to dealing with the Cascade Locks Casino.
The recommendation is to build a temporary casino on either side of the Plaza on Highway 26, while continuing to actively pursue federal approval of the Cascade Locks project.
The temporary casino would help generate additional revenue to assist in the Cascade Locks effort and support tribal government operations.
The facility would be located well outside the known flood-plain, on tribally-owned land.
Kah-Nee-Ta board members Deepak Sehgal, Carlos Smith, Elizabeth Furse, Priscilla Frank, and Governor Vic Atiyeh met last week when a motion was made “to continue working towards a permanent casino at Cascade Locks.”
This would mean continue working with the Department of Interior to approve the Cascade Locks Casino.
“This may require a period of time,” the board agreed. “We need to generate additional financing to continue to work on the project and to fund much needed renovation at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort…
“We could build this temporary casino, and we could be generating revenue to somehow recover some of the money spent so far on the Cascade Locks casino.”
Meanwhile, the temporary casino, Plaza, museum, and a possible restaurant would all function together to attract customers from the highway.
Once the Cascade Locks land is brought into trust, and the Bridge of the Gods Casino opens, the temporary casino could easily be converted into a grocery store or other business, board members agreed.
The recommendation follows Tribal Council’s action late last month to explore the possibility of establishing a temporary casino along Highway 26.

COBELL UPDATE

Cobell notices delivered

By Duran Bobb
Spilyay Tymoo

The court-ordered process of notifying individual class members of their right to participate in the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement is underway.
Notices will be sent to an estimated 500,000 affected class members.
This is a necessary step in the process that precedes the court’s formal review and approval of the settlement.
Notices began arriving in Warm Springs mail boxes last week, leaving some confused as to what steps should be completed next.
You may be part of this settlement if you are an IIM account holder, have ownership interest in trust or restricted status, or are the heir to a deceased IIM account holder or landowner.
The court-ordered legal notice from the Indian Trust Settlement contains the actual claim forms for class members, heirs, trust land holders and deceased individuals.  The notice also contains an information packet which explains the settlement in detail.
The historic class action settlement concerns Individual Indian Money accounts and land held in trust by the federal government. 
The settlement resolves the government’s failure to provide an historical accounting for IIM accounts.  It also resolves claims that the government mismanaged funds and other trust assets, including royalties owed to individual Indians for oil, gas, grazing, and other leases of non-tribal Indian lands.
The settlement establishes funds worth approximately $1.5 billion to pay individual Indian trust beneficiaries for past accounting problems and resolve historical asset mismanagement claims.  Congress has passed legislation authorizing the settlement and provided funding.  The President signed the legislation into law.
A majority of class members are estimated to receive payments of at least $1500.  Some class members may receive more, depending on the level of activity in their IIM accounts.
According to Tyler Tullis, account assistant, $1.9 billion of the settlement money will be used by the Department of the Interior to buy small interests in trust or restricted lands from Native Americans willing to sell their fractionated land for return to tribal use.
Up to $60 million of that $1.9 billion will be made available to provide higher education scholarships for Native American youth.
“There are two classes eligible to receive money from the settlement,” Tullis said.  “The first is the historical accounting class, who had at least one cash transaction in an open IIM account between October 25, 1994 and September 30, 2009.  The second is the trust administration class, who owned trust land as of September 30, 2009 or had an IIM account at any point in time between 1985 and September 30, 2009.”
The claim form asks for specific information including tribal membership number, land parcel number, social security number, and IIM account number.
The vital statistics department keeps records for all tribal members, including enrollment numbers.  The IIM desk at the administration building will provide account numbers when presented with ID.
Estates of deceased class members may also be eligible to receive a share.
The court still has to decide whether to approve the settlement.  Once approved, payments will be made after any appeals are resolved.
Judge Thomas F. Hogan, of the United States District Court is currently overseeing this case.  Class members are represented by Dennis Gingold and Keith Harper.
Full details of the settlement can be found at:
www.IndianTrust.com.

Notification in $3.4 billion trust settlement

The Court-ordered process of notifying individual Indians of their right to participate in the historic $3.4 billion class action settlement, Cobell v. Salazar, is underway.
The settlement resolves claims related to Individual Indian Money (or IIM) accounts and land held in trust by the federal government for the benefit of individual Indians.
Class members all over the country are receiving detailed information about their legal rights and options via U.S. mail.
On December 21, 2010, U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas F. Hogan granted preliminary approval of the settlement, setting in motion a process through which hundreds of thousands of individual Indians who have or had government-managed IIM accounts or trust lands may receive some of the $3.4 billion settlement fund.
The judge’s approval came after Congress passed and the President signed legislation approving the settlement. Current estimates project that most class members will receive about $1,800, with some class members receiving much more depending on the level of activity in their IIM accounts.
The $3.4 billion settlement was reached between the Departments of the Interior and Treasury and the individual Indian plaintiffs in December 2009. The settlement resolves the government’s failure to provide an historical accounting for IIM accounts and also resolves claims that the government mismanaged funds and other trust assets, including royalties owed to individual Indians for oil, gas, grazing, and other leases of individual Indian lands, mostly in the West.
The settlement provides a $1.5 billion fund to compensate an estimated 500,000 affected individual Indian trust beneficiaries who have or had IIM accounts or own trust land. The settlement creates two groups of class members eligible to receive money from the fund—the Historical Accounting Class and the Trust Administration Class.
• The Historical Accounting Class comprises individual Indians who were alive on September 30, 2009, who had an open IIM account anytime between October 25, 1994 and September 30, 2009, and whose account had at least one cash transaction.
• The Trust Administration Class comprises individual Indians alive on September 30, 2009, who had an IIM Account at any time from 1985 through September 30, 2009, recorded in currently available electronic data in federal government systems, as well as individual Indians who, as of September 30, 2009, had a recorded or demonstrable interest in land held in trust or restricted status.
• The estates of deceased class members will also receive a settlement distribution if the deceased beneficiary’s account was open as of September 30, 2009, or their land interest was open in probate as of that date. Other eligibility conditions and requirements for each Class are detailed in the settlement agreement.
Under the settlement agreement, $1.9 billion will fund a Department of the Interior program to buy fractionated interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers to benefit tribal communities and aid in land consolidation. Depending on the level of participation in the land consolidation program, up to $60 million will be set aside to provide scholarships for higher education for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
Information about the settlement and legal rights is available to all American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The website:
www.IndianTrust.com
And toll-free number 1-800-961-6109 are available to provide more information about the settlement and the legal rights of class members. Individuals who are unsure whether they are included in the settlement should visit the website or call the toll-free number for more information.
Class members who receive a formal notice in the mail about the Settlement and who are currently receiving IIM account statements do not have to do anything to receive payment. Individuals who believe they should be part of the settlement but do not receive a notice in the mail or are not receiving IIM account statements need to fill out a claim form as soon as possible, available at the Indian Trust website or by calling the toll-free number.
Individuals wishing to keep their right to sue the federal government over mismanagement claims covered by the settlement must exclude themselves from the Settlement by April 20, 2011. Class members can also submit written comments or objections about any Settlement terms that concern them by April 20, 2011.

INDIAN TRUST SETTLEMENT – TRIBAL COURT PROBATE NO JURISDICTION
Tribal Court Probate has received Notice About Indian Trust Settlement regarding the proposed Settlement of Cobell v. Salazar, a class action lawsuit. 
The United States District Court for The District of Columbia have determined there has been a violation of trust duties by the federal government pertaining to individual Indian land, Individual Indian Money (IIM) and other assets held in trust.
Excerpt from United States District Court for The District of Columbia:
You may be part of this Settlement with certain rights in this Settlement if you are an:
· Individual Indian Money (“IIM”) account holder (even if the account currently is not active or open).
· Individual Indian who has an ownership interest in land held in trust or in restricted status,
· Heir to a deceased IIM account holder or individual landowner.

Below is a listing of decedent’s that Tribal Court Probate has received mailings for this class action lawsuit.   Please review the list to determine if you should make a claim; and be advised that this list may not be a full accurate list of decedents who qualify for this settlement. 

Aguilar, Ella
Holiday, Sherman
Kirk, Mavis
Allen, Jesslyn K.
Jim Sr., Frank 
Spino, Nellie
Arthur, Alvita
Kalama, Judy
Squiemphen-Yazzie, Priscilla
Barney, Julia
Katchia, Cyrus
St. Germaine, Jerry C.
Begay, Fern
Lamb, Esther
Strong, Venus
Blodgett Sr., Freddie
McKinley, Ivan
Stwyer, Lucinda
Boise-Montiel, Leah L. 
Mckinley, Teresa
Stwyer, Martina
Brown, Patricia
Meanus, Mary Ann
Suppah, Frankie
Bruno, Sandra
Meanus Sr., Marvin
Suppah, Mckie A.
Chee, Christopher J.
Miller, Robert 
Suppah, Franklin
Chee Sr., Charlie
Mitchell, Virginia
Tewee, Ruth
Colwash, Thane
Moran, Robert C.
Thompson, Ruth
Culps, Christopher O.
Oscar, Lucy
Thompson III, Roscoe
Danzuka, Mary
Polk, Joshua D.
Thompson Sr., Leland
Davis, Ellen
Queahpama, Calvin
Tiamakmak-Mitchell, Viriginia
Frank, Mariel
Raboin, Serena
Tohet, Ina  
Gilbert Sr., Allen
Roba, Colleen
Torres, Caroline W.
Govenor, Mervin
Saludo, Rose
Waheneka, Emily
Heath, Laurence L.
Scott, William
Wallulatum, Nelson
Heath, Cheryl
Simtustus, Dorothy
Wallulatum, Merris
Heath, Roberta
Smith, Iris
Walsey, Delia
Holliday, Donald
Smith Sr., Alvis
Walsey, Lillian
Williams, Nathan A.

Tribal Court Probate does not have jurisdiction to manage trust assets according to Tribal Code 320.   Ms. Sherry Johnson manages the BIA DOI Probate matters regarding trust assets.   You may contact her at 503-872-2795. 
Important Dates
· Deadline to Object or Comment on the Settlement: April 20, 2011
· Fairness Hearing: June 20, 2011 at 10 a.m.  United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
· Deadline to File a Claim/Register to Participate: Due with 45 days of the Court’s Final Approval of the Settlement (or a later date set by the Court).
To enquire about this class action lawsuit please call: 1-800-961-6109
To file a claim electronically or to print a claim form to mail you may visit:
www.indiantrust.com.  
If you have any questions regarding probate matters that are not trust assets you may contact Stevie Hicks, Probate Assistant or Maria Godines, Public Administrator at 541-553-1649.

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This photo shows one of the buildings on the Warm Springs Elementary School campus. It was taken during an assembly as some of children played.

Unique circumstances at elementary school

By Dave McMechan
Spilyay Tymoo

Anyone familiar with the Warm Springs Elementary School knows it is a great school.
The students are well behaved, and motivated to study and learn. The staff is excellent, starting with principal Dawn Smith.
Which is why it was hard to understand the recent talk about the school “failing” and Smith possibly stepping down as principal.
The confusing circumstances begin with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which set performance standards that apply to all schools.
Students at all the schools take a standardized test, and schools that do not meet certain standards after three years are eligible for grant money.
However, before awarding the grant money, the law requires the school district to choose one of four options:
Fire the principal; replace half of the teachers; close the school; or hire a private company to run the school.
The problem at Warm Springs Elementary School is that none of the options would improve the school. In fact, any one of them would be very detrimental, if not disastrous.
So the plan for now is to apply for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) money while not choosing any of the four options: An explanation to the SIG grant administrators of the circumstances at Warm Springs Elementary School could be enough for the district to receive the SIG money.
As Smith explained, the No Child Left Behind test standards apply to all schools in the country, despite the great diversity of schools.
Warm Springs Elementary School, for instance, is unique, serving almost exclusively Native American children of the reservation.
Warm Springs residents tend to have a unique kind of speech pattern that the children grow up hearing. This can be a barrier when it comes to a standardized test.
There may be words or ideas in a standardized test question that are unfamiliar to the student. As an example, a math test question asks:
A girl makes 20 cookies but five of them don’t turn out. How many cookies does she have?
The student knows that 20 minus 5 is 15, but isn’t familiar with cookies “not turning out,” and so answers incorrectly. There are many examples of this on the standardized tests, said Smith.
SIG grant money, she said, would help in addressing this kind of problem. The district can apply for up to $2 million per year in SIG money for up to three years.


Redefining educational relationships

By Terri Harber
Spilyay Tymoo

The Memorandum of Understanding among the Warm Springs Tribes, the Jefferson County 509-J school district and the Bureau of Indian Affairs is being updated. It was last revised in 1985 and was created more than 50 years ago. This rewrite is expected to be much more extensive than the last one, said Superintendent Rick Molitor.
“It was drafted when the BIA still operated the boarding school,” he said.
And changes in the federal government’s approach to education before 1985 weren’t nearly as significant as they were after that, such as creation of No Child Left Behind, Molitor also said.
The idea has been to “start from ground one,” he said of creating the new MOU.
“The old MOU uses words, such as ‘assimilate,’ that don’t apply anymore,” Molitor said. “That’s not what’s needed. But there’s a value to understanding.”
Ensuring that students being culturally educated on the reservation likely will be highlighted within the new document because of its importance.
Working on updating the document is a group of educators including Molitor; Dawn Smith, principal of Warm Springs Elementary School; J.P. Patt, a member of the Tribal Council; Brad Holliday, school board chair; Laurie Danzuka, school board vice-chair (and a tribal member); Bureau of Indian Affairs representatives, and legal counsel. They will take information from others who specialize in various areas of education as they work on the new document.
The MOU should be completed by the end of the year, he said.

A NEW CAMPUS
Buildings and other educational facilities were included in the old MOU and will be part of the new one. It might be handled differently, however.
The Warm Springs Elementary School campus is the oldest in the district. Its oldest buildings hark back to the 1930s. A fire nine years ago during winter break destroyed the gym. Its replacement was the most recent major construction work on the campus.
And 25 years ago the campus “was inadequate,” he said. “We need to ask ‘How do we construct a new school for Warm Springs?’ It’s long past due.”
It has reached a point of the campus being “inefficient.” Moving the children from one room to another for certain subjects gets harder over time as a building ages and requires increased maintenance. And in some instances, children aren’t that close to bathrooms.
It’s an overall condition that keeps them from doing what they’re supposed to be doing: getting schooled. The extra time spent on mundane things in an inefficient way “adds up and takes time away from the school day,” he said.
“We’ve done the best with what we have.”
A tribal referendum sought years ago is a highly specialized concept that doesn’t match the current plan. The district also worked to obtain a grant last year. That plan, however, hasn’t come to fruition.
Molitor said the district and tribe is going to look to the BIA for a new building. The BIA owns the current campus but the district takes care of it.
In the 1985 MOU, long-term plans for construction and management of facilities are jointly planned and cooperatively financed “to the greatest extent possible.”
A new campus might serve a wider range of students—kindergarteners through 8th graders. The district would like to see this option available to families who prefer their young teenaged children be educated closer to home.
“It’s something we’re going to explore,” he said.
There will be positive and negative aspects to having the middle school age students on a reservation campus.
Less time spent on traveling back and forth to school likely will be welcome by students and parents. And there will be an opportunity for more tribal members to be involved in presenting school-based Native American cultural activities because they won’t have to travel as far, either.
Fewer extra-curricular activities targeting the middle-school age students likely would be unavailable because there wouldn’t be as many students to service. And the opportunity to socialize with people who are different is always invaluable for young people, Molitor said of potential drawbacks.
Studies indicate that young people who understand their own culture are more likely to do well in college and better connect with others in general.
“One size fits all doesn’t work,” he emphasized.
Cost of a new campus for elementary and middle school students on the reservation: an estimated $18.3 million. It could be slightly less if the real estate industry still is slow when the project reaches bidding.
“Without all of the parties at the table we won’t get it done,” Molitor said. “A new building is going to send a positive message.”

CONTROVERSY
Money for the construction of a new campus isn’t related to the School Improvement Grant that was discussed at last month’s school board meeting where numerous tribal members and employees spoke in defense of Dawn Smith.
Under one scenario of the SIG funding, Smtih would have to be replaced as principal if the district were to pursue and, eventually, receive that money for academic improvement.
SIGs aren’t tied to construction or physical improvements of a campus.
An effective school administrator who is respected among community members is hard to find, let alone replace, said Molitor, adding that the district wants to see Smith stay in the position where she helps all of the students at the elementary school succeed.
The students have made many strides at the elementary school. Some improvements, however, haven’t been coming quickly enough for all the various standards schools must use to measure progress, Molitor said.
If necessary, something could be worked out similar to the arrangement at Madras High School. It received a grant requiring that the principal step aside. A new principal will be named and the out-going administrator will run an integral program at the school, he said.
At Warm Springs Elementary School, Smith could take a new title, such as administrative director, in order for the school to qualify for the grant. Or no change in title may be necessary.


LongestWalk 3 to pass through W.S. on way to D.C.

By Terri Harber
Spilyay Tymoo

The LongestWalk 3 begins Feb. 14. Participants will travel to Washington D.C. in an effort to spread awareness about diabetes and its impact on Native Americans.
They want to talk about ways to alleviate its effects on those already afflicted and to stop it from spreading through indigenous populations across the United States. Healthy changes in diet and lifestyle will make a difference, they say.
The group traveling the northern route from Portland to Washington D.C. will stop in Warm Springs. They will stay on the reservation for at least one evening and plan to attend the Heart Smart Dinner on Feb 16, said local organizer Manny Jim-Calapoo.
He also will participate in the walk.
The group still needs volunteers, donations and welcomes participants. People who want to join in for a portion of the trip or go all of the way to Washington, D.C. are welcome.
“We need gas money. And we’ll need help with food, water, etc. We’re relying on donations to make it. We all know someone who has diabetes,” Jim-Calapoo said.
Chris Francisco, a Navajo from Shiprock, N.M., living in Portland, is organizing the northern walk. He is a longtime diabetic who didn’t take the ailment seriously for a long time. Now he does—so much so that he wants to convince other Native Americans to pay attention to the facts.
One fact: That they are at least twice as likely as whites to be diagnosed with diabetes.
He also wants people to think about whether they are able to make the trip because it’s not going to be easy—especially during the winter through Idaho, Montana and Nebraska. During the last cross-country walk someone had a heart attack, Francisco said.
They’ll still need drivers to accompany the walkers. They’ll need places to stay along the long route. There are plenty of ways to help spread the message, he emphasized.
Another group of participants will begin walking Feb. 14 from San Diego, Calif., toward Washington D.C. Both groups expect to reach the U.S. capital in July. They’ll hold community talks about reversing diabetes along the way.
The original LongestWalk in 1978 was to bring attention to Native American sovereignty and stop anti-Native American legislation being crafted by Congress. The proposals could have threatened tribal lands and water, limited fishing and hunting rights, restricted tribal governments, and closed down their schools and hospitals.
Focus of the LongestWalk 2 was to bring attention to scared sites and to cleanup the earth. It was held in 2008 and also served as a 30th anniversary commemoration of the first walk.
“We’re still fighting for our survival,” Francisco said. “And it seems there’s always something new we have to fight for.”
The issues targeted during each of the walks have been different each time. More than how Native Americans are affected connects the themes, however, Francisco said.
People live in ways healthful to themselves or to the land. They’ve moved far away from their roots—literally and figuratively. Pollution continues across the globe. There is little respect for the earth and what it does for all of its inhabitants—people, animals and plants.
Natives aren’t eating the healthy foods of their ancestors. And they (like most other groups) aren’t getting enough physical movement because of modern, Western conveniences. Not very many people even grow food anymore, he said.
For details about the LongestWalk, visit:
earthbornproductions.com
For information about the local stop and how you to help the walking group be comfortable during their area pass through, email Jim-Calapoo at
cowbhoys12@yahoo.com.


Energy assistance limited

By Duran Bobb
Spilyay Tymoo

The Energy Assistance Program, located in the Industrial Park, has stopped taking applications in an effort to stretch funding.
“What we’re seeing is an increase in the number of applications being submitted,” Gayleen Adams, Tribal Social Services Acting Director, said.  “Where there used to be an average of ten applications submitted a week, we’re now seeing up to forty.”
The Warm Springs Energy Assistance Program is in place to assist low-income tribal member families who need help paying their electricity bills.  The program is funded by a $114,000 federal grant.
“These funds are meant to last until the end of March.  However, we were looking at depleted funds by the end of January if we didn’t take steps.”
Approximately 80 percent of available funding has been used so far to assist qualified applicants. 
The program is designed to assist tribal members within the 97761 area code.
“We have received applications from tribal members who live outside the area, but we’re not able to assist them.”
The move to stop accepting applications was not an easy decision to make by the program staff.  “We are considering options to ensure that the funding lasts throughout the time period, but so far it’s just ideas.”
NeighborImpact Energy Assistance in Madras, which has traditionally assisted Warm Springs residents, has been referring applicants back to Warm Springs.  “They’re telling people that as long as Warm Springs has this funding, they’re not able to receive assistance from Madras.”
Adams said her office is working on submitting another application for additional funding for energy assistance.
“In the meantime, if someone has any ideas on how we can stretch the funding that we do have, we’re open to ideas that will benefit our community.  We strive to provide services for eligible households, seniors, disables, and homes with young children.  To me, this includes our community, not just those identified.”
The program may resume accepting application by spring break.
“For emergency services, we would like to stress that we are a last-resort program to rely on.”
The Energy Assistance Program is located in the Vocational Rehab building on Holliday Road.

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Grant writing workshop by Potlatch Fund.

Effort toward successful grant writing

By Terri Harber
Spilyay Tymoo

Some of the participants were interested in more funding for the arts while another wanted additional money to help crime victims or local youth. And some represented relatively new nonprofits while others worked for longer established organizations.
All attended a two-day workshop in late January that focused on effectively securing grants. The workshop was presented by Potlatch Fund, an organization that inspires and seeks to expand philanthropy in Northwest Indian Country.
The trainer, Heather Miller, program coordinator with Potlatch, worked with the attendees on how to make attention-getting verbal and written presentations to groups that might provide them with grants.
Most of the people who attended haven’t created a grant proposal before, said Ashley Aguilar, who works in the tribes’ grant development office as the project assistant.
Creating concise, memorable proposals can help more grant money from the private sector flow toward Native American tribes, which receive only one-fifth of a cent out of every private grant dollar available each year.
It’s not a good percentage when taking into account that Native populations in the United States make up roughly 2 percent of the national population, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
And making the need even greater is the poverty, unemployment and related problems that come with living on reservations.
“You’d think that (grant awards) would at least match-up with the percent of the population,” she said. “We want to change this, we want to help improve these groups’ chances of securing grants.”
“We are definitely underfunded,” Aguilar said.
One of the exercises highlighted the importance of the classic “elevator speech”—this is the name for a 60-second chance to introduce one’s self and their group to a possible grant provider. The two might meet up during a meeting, at a gathering or even in an elevator (hence the name) and have just a moment to talk.
Many of the participants spoke a little too long. A few had trouble getting to the point, such as why the need is important and what a donation might be used to finance. The passion each one showed for their group was apparent, however.
The ability to obtain grants will be increasingly important as government funding continues to tighten up as a result of the recession. And lawmakers in Washington D.C. appear to be in a mood to cut the budget, which might also affect funding for various tribal programs.
This all means competition for private grants will be more fierce. This type of training will allow the people making grant requests do so with added confidence and, in turn, “help bridge that gap,” Miller said.
One of Potlatch’s own grant programs for Native Arts financing helped the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association pay for its annual gathering of weavers last year. It was held in Warm Springs at Kah-Nee-Ta. The group received $5,000 for the event.
Contact the tribes’ grant proposal office for general help with grants. Potlatch has a variety of fundraising information and can help with such things as obtaining grants, getting a group nonprofit status and how to keep track of the group’s finances. Visit potlatchfund.org for details.


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By Dave McMechan
Earthmover digs earth so fiber-optic cable can be put in the ground.

Teleco fiber optic cable going in

A work crew this month installed some of the fiber optic cable that will be used as part of the Warm Springs Telecommunications Company system.
The cable will be underground in some areas, but mostly will be carried on an above-ground line. The main office of the company will be at the industrial park, which will be the terminus of the fiber optic line.
The administration building and Kah-Nee-Ta will be the first to have service communication service provided by the Warm Springs Telecommunications Company, which is tribally owned and funded through a federal grant and loan.
Marsha Spellman, company marketing and regulatory director, provided the following “Teleco Corner” update regarding the Warm Springs Telecommunications Company:

TELECO CORNER
We are often asked what are the main benefits to the tribes of the new Warm Springs Telephone Company?
There are two simple answers to this question.
First, we are building a state of the art network that will combine fiber optic cable and fixed wireless technologies.  This new network will enable us to offer services that Qwest cannot presently provide.  For instance, we will offer voice mail and other new calling features that can be controlled through your laptop computer. 
Second, we are committed to providing service to everyone on the reservation.  Presently, many people do not have access to basic telephone service.  Eventually, this new network will be built out to serve everyone.  Building a phone company takes a long time, but we are committed to providing service to all.
One new service that everyone will be able to purchase is high speed Internet, or “broadband.” 
Broadband has been called the critical infrastructure of the future.  Why is it critical?  Not only will this allow everyone to have faster personal email, or fast downloads for watching movies or playing games, but having broadband on the Reservation will benefit the Tribes for economic development, educational opportunities and even new health care services. 
How does a broadband network enable such important things?
As we build out the new network, using fiber optic cable as a major portion of the network, the fiber allows information to flow through the network with greater speed and capacity.   New fiber optics enables more “bandwidth” than the copper cables that Qwest currently uses.  Instead of sending electronic signals down copper wire, the critical parts of the network will be sending pulses of light down fiber optic cable.
What do we mean by “bandwidth?”
Think of a big pipe. Copper wire is a narrow pipe that allows only a small amount of data or communications to slowly flow through that narrow pipe.  In this modern “information age” we are now using our telephone networks to transmit huge amounts of information, much more than the basic telephone call that was the basis of telecommunications when the copper network was built.
With copper, it is a very slow process to pass the modern types of information that are now being sent over our telephone networks, such as data and video.   Fiber, on the other hand, is a great big pipe, that will allow lots of information to flow through at a much faster speed.  
I started out saying that this new company will enable economic development.  In this modern age, new businesses will only be possible with advanced telecommunications.
 Without the capabilities that this new company will provide, new businesses will not be possible. This includes both tribal enterprises and other companies potentially interested in locating on the reservation.
In addition, we will provide the kind of services that individual tribal members could use to start new home-based businesses. Whether you are an artist that wants the ability to sell your beautiful beadwork to the world, or offer accounting services on-line, you need broadband to make these businesses happen. This is the goal of our new company. 
In future articles, I will discuss some of the issues and possibilities for using telecommunications for improving healthcare and your children’s education.

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Kelsey Kalama paints the home of Neda Wesley for the Home Improvement Program.

Home Improvement through HIP

The Home Improvement Program, or HIP, helps tribal members with the remodeling of their homes. Two homes are currently being remodeled, and three more have been approved.
HIP is a program of the BIA. People who are interested in a home remodel are encouraged to apply through the Housing Authority.
The more people who apply, the more HIP funding is made available to the tribes, said Austin Smith, who is working on Neda Wesley’s home through the
program. “The more applications, the better chances we have for funding,” Smith said.
For Wesley’s house, the remodeling work has brought new flooring, drywall and cabinetry work, new windows, and new paint for the interior and exterior,
among other improvements.
HIP applications are approved based on the need of the household, family size, and income. Chet VanPelt and Rudy Clements administer the HIP program at
the Housing Authority. In some circumstances, emergency funding can be made available, speeding up the process, said VanPelt.
For the HIP work being done now, a total of $70,000 was approved for the two projects. A single household can receive up to $35,000 if approved.
The program helps homeowners, and also those who are renting, if the owner is in agreement. Tribal members on and off the reservation may apply.
Once an application is submitted and approved by Housing, an inspector will check the residence and determine what improvements are needed. The
remodeling can include electrical and plumbing work.
The process requires some persistence on the part of the applicant, said Smith. “There is some footwork involved, but if you keep trying you can get it done,”
he said.
The first rule of the program, he said, is that it serves those most in need. Elders are a priority, and single mothers with children.
The HIP applications are available at the Housing Authority offices. For more information, call Housing at 541-553-3250.


Spino sentenced to 35 years

Jerome Phillip Spino, 32, was sentenced to 35 years in prison this week after pleading guilty on in November to two counts of murder in the second degree and arson.
The federal case began on May 28, 2008 when fire fighters responded to a residential fire on Shepard Lane in Warm Springs.
After the fire was extinguished, the bodies of two adults were discovered. A 43 year old male had died of asphyxiation caused by the inhalation of smoke carbon monoxide, and a 49 year old female had died from asphyxiation as well as severe thermal injuries covering her entire body.
Witnesses observed Spino entering the residence with a gas can and later saw him running from the scene.
He was arrested shortly after the fire. At the time he had a .34 percent blood alcohol level, according



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VOCS to host men’s support group

A men’s support group will begin meeting in January at the Victims of Crime office.
Upcoming weetings will be on Feb. 17 and March 17. Times are from 6-8 p.m. For more information, or if you have any questions, feel free to call the Victims of Crime office at 541-553-2293.

Reawakening at community center

The Warm Springs Community Wellness Center and the Recreation Department are hosting the Reawakening gatherings.
Carol Sahme, the Recreation Arts and Crafts coordinator, has scheduled the gatherings through May. They begin at 5:30 p.m. at the community center.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22 and on March 1 the gatherings will be about ribbon shirts, taught by Jeanine Kalama.
On March 8 and 15, the event will feature twining corn husk bags, taught by Kelli Palmer. Further topics will be announced.
Recreation Arts and Crafts is also hosting sewing circles on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Carol’s room.
For more information, call Carol Sahme at 541-553-3243.

Locked-in event slated

Looking for a place to let your children safely run loose for hours and hours? Bring them to the Lock-in slated for March 5--postponed from a date in February.
They'll release a ton of pent-up energy with a variety of activities, including games, crafts, sports, music and dancing, and other fun.
During the event they'll also learn ways to avoid drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy activities, according to organizers.
Children in grades K-6 will have the run of the community center from 5 p.m. -10 p.m. and those in grades 7-12 will be there from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. 
Late hours are chosen because those are the hours when teens get in trouble and have run-ins with law enforcement.
Up to 200 youths are expected to attend.
Call 541-553-3205 for details or to volunteer. The Prevention Coalition is the group organizing the event.

Not too late for flu shot

February is a peak month in the flu season and there are recently reported cases in influenza in Central Oregon.
Vaccinations are the best way to prevent getting the illness and we encourage everyone over the age of 6 months to make sure they have had a flu shot this
season.     
Warm Springs Clinic still has flu vaccine available. Flu shots are available at many areas in the Warm Springs Clinic.
Community Health Nurses available for children and adults. For appointment with Community Health Nursing call:  541-553-2640.
Pharmacy department available for adult immunizations no appointment needed. 

Mini Penny carnival is on Feb. 15

Turn over those sofa cushions and gather up every penny.
The Warm Springs Community Center Social Hall will be the location for the Mini Penny Carnival.
This family event will be from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and will offer activities everyone can enjoy. Every offering will cost just one cent per
person.
Community Center staff and ECE Head Start are organizing this family night out.
For details, call Carol at 541-553-3243.

CPS seeking art work

April will be Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Children’s Protective Services is seeking artwork from youth ages 2-18 to commemorate the month.
The theme is “child abuse prevention,” and the winner will have his or her artwork on all CPS advertisements, T-shirts and flyers for one year.
The deadline to submit artwork is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. Artwork can be turned in at the CPS office on the campus, 1109 Wasco St.
For more information, contact Minnie L. Wallulatum, family preservation coordinator, at CPS, 541-553-3209.

Eagle Watch turning 16

Eagle Watch will mark its Sixteenth Anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27.
Eagle Watch, co-sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, happens at Round Butte Overlook Park.
The event features live birds of prey, Native American dance presentation, tours, raptor education programs, raptor identification contest, prizes and more.
For information call 541-923-7551 ext. 21; or visit: oregonparks.org.
With the tribes, Eagle Watch is sponsored by Portland General Electric, and the Crooked River National Grassland.

Wing Dress class coming up

Children’s Protective Services is sponsoring a Wing Dress class from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. All material provided, but bring your own lunch.
This is for youth from birth to age 18. “Please help build our culture back up in our youth,” said Minnie Wallulatum, family preservation coordinator at CPS. For information, call her at 541-553-3209. Sponsors are CPS, the Tribal Court Youth Prevention program, and Culture and Heritage.

Culture classes return

The latest series of culture classes begins Feb. 28.
Wasco language courses are on Mondays. Warm Springs language courses are on Tuesdays. And Paiute language courses are on Wednesdays.
Classes are held on those days from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the basement of the Education Building.
First hour of each class focuses on language and the remainder of the time is spent highlighting tribal history, culture and practice.
Classes are open to community members and employees, and are also considered an alternative sentence some defendants can take in service to the
community.
The goal is to help guide these tribal members to be a positive part of the community--as is tribal tradition.
The attendance of defendants is monitored and attendance is confidential.
Attending all three language sets also is encouraged because it offers full perspective about all tribes by offering information about Wasco, Paiute and Warm
Springs traditions.
Each series lasts eight weeks. While subsequent series are educationally progressive, teachers will adapt to the needs of newcomers.
Well-behaved children are welcome.

Cancer support group forming (meeting date and location changed) 

The Native People's Circle of Hope is a coalition of Native American cancer support groups in Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona, Montana and nationwide affiliates.
The group's goal is to help support local cancer survivors and those who are affected by this life-changing disease. They try to provide hope, help, support, education and advocacy for cancer survivors.
Warm Springs chapter will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Museum at Warm Springs. Hope is to meet once a month. A meal will be served. Contact Rosanna Sanders at 541-553-1417 or 541-460-2382.

Baby, this event is for you

The Sweet Heart Baby Fair and Family Photo Shoot will be from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Community Center Social Hall.
There will be door prizes and a light meal.
Janet Bissell, the tribes' maternal child health nurse, will answer questions. And sign up for Baby College, an upcoming event that will focus on baby brain development.

Festival of Arts contest

Festival of Nations, an arts and culture festival co-hosted by Warm Springs and the city of Cascade Locks, will be held in Cascade Locks this September.
The festival is seeking poster designs by tribal youth.
This year’s theme is: “What Does the Gorge Mean to You?”
The winner will win a $50 gift card, two ski lift tickets for Mt. Hood Meadows and a framed copy of their poster. The deadline is next Friday, Feb. 18.
To enter, send a hard and electronic copy, along with your name, age, grade, tribe, and a short narrative of your entry, to either Margie Tuckta, Festival of Nations, P.O. Box 1240, Warm Springs, OR 97761. Or email:
mtuckta@kahneeta.com
Or to Rebecca Gandy, Festival of Nations, PO Box 487, Corbett, OR 97019. Or email: rebgandy@comcast.net

Carb counting series

Nutritionist Linda Porter is offering a series of educational presentations entitled “Carbohydrate Counting”.
Meetings will be held on Thursday, February 17, 24, and March 3 for a total of three classes at the Kitchen Conference Room at the clinic.
This is a series which will total three hours of education.  Participants will get the most benefit from attending all three meetings.

Museum hosting sweetheart luncheon

The Museum at Warm Springs will host the Sweetheart Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 at the museum kitchen/education room. Cost is $5.
The spaghetti lunch includes choice of salad or veggies, garlic bread, cupcake and punch. Delivery orders are welcome (must be order of five or more and will cost $6 each).
Tickets for the Valentines Raffle Drop will be available during the luncheon. What is a raffle drop? Buy as many tickets your sweetheart desires, choose any raffle item or items, and drop one or all of your tickets into the jar of the item you want to win. (Need not be present to win.)
For more information, call the museum at 541-553-3331.

Shop for your Sweetheart

Find that special unique gift or simply make a purchase to get out of trouble with your beloved on
Monday, February 14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Community Wellness Center Social Hall.
First come, first serve vendors (one table per person).
For more information and sign-up, call Carol at 541-553-3243

Simnasho powwow this weekend

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Lincoln’s Birthday Powwow will be held at the Simnasho Longhouse this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11-13.
Candidates for Powwow Queen are selling raffle tickets in an effort to raise funds.
The powwow Grand Entries are Friday evening at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. For drum contest information, call Mackie Begay at 541-553-9230. For one-man hand drum information, call Kyle Queahpama at 541-553-6908.
Vending booths are already filled.

Extension in Redmond hosting series on successful farm management

Oregon State University Extension in Redmond will present “Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management Series,” beginning in January.
The course will provide beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers with tools and knowledge to manage the biological and financial risks of farming.
Participants will assess their farm enterprise and gain the ability to develop a whole farm plan. The class dates are Wednesdays, as follows: Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 16 and 23; and March 2 and 9. Times are from 5-9 p.m. Classes are held in the Deschutes County Office in Redmond.
There will be a farm tour on Saturday, Feb. 12.
For information, contact Dana Martin at 541-548-6088, ext. 7957.

To dancers and cooks

Kah-Nee-Ta will be holding two meetings to discuss the 2011 schedule for its summer salmon bakes. The resort is asking tribal members interested in cooking and dancing to attend one of the two meetings.
The meetings are set as follows in the HeHe Room at Kah-Nee-Ta:
Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 10am; and Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.
There are chances to discuss the 2011 salmon bake season, and to fill out all necessary paperwork. In order to be on the 2011 salmon bake roster, individuals must attend one of these meetings. Refreshments provided. For more information, please call Heather Cody, convention services coordinator at 541-553-1112, ext. 3436.

Help CPS make wards comfortable

Child Protective Service employees need to make things comfortable for tribal youth under their care—and immediately after youths move in to foster homes. Donations of money are welcome, but must go through a specific tribal delivery procedure. Call CPS at 541-553-3209 for details about how you can help these tribal youths.

Weekly Washat attendance strong

Weekly attendance for Washat Sunday School is around 100 people, organizer Jefferson Greene said.
“We are renewing our ways that have survived through the generous hearts and souls of elders.”
Families and individuals who are new to Washat are invited to attend and learn more about services.
“Through the Washat, we humbly seek the wisdom that survives within us as a community in relation to our creator.”
Washat Sunday School is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Agency Longhouse, prior to services.

Canoe family looks to build cedar canoe

The N’Chi Wanapam Canoe Family is seeking help from artists who may have the knowledge to build a cedar strip canoe.
The team plans on participating in the 2011 canoe journey, beginning once again at Celilo.
For more information on you can become involved, please call the Museum at Warm Springs at 541-553-3331.
Or visit the museum’s website: museumatwarmsprings.org. 

Food handling training dates slated

Anyone who sells food or works with food needs a card that shows they completed training on how to safely prepare and handle food.
Classes will be held on the Warm Springs Reservation for people who want to earn their food handling credentials. The certification test will be administered there.
The next class on the reservation is later this month and will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Clinic Atrium.
Here are the dates for the single-day  training  sessions at the clinic:
Feb. 10, March 16 (new date), April 14, May 12 and 26; June 9, 20, and 23; July 14, August 10, Sept. 14, Oct.11, Nov. 9, Dec. 6.
Call 541-553-4943 for details.

Adults needed as 4-H volunteers

The Warm Springs Extension Office is actively recruiting community members to volunteer. The time spent helping young 4-H members can be short or long.
Any skill is sought -- as long as it can be taught to a young person who can enjoy doing it for life! This could include projects that are based in natural science, expressive arts, family and consumer sciences and, of course, animal sciences.
Some volunteers may be subject to a criminal background check.
Contact the Warm Springs office at 541-553-3238. Ask for Merle Kirk or Jon Gandy. Or call the Jefferson County office at 541-475-3808.

Shoo away the flu with one shot

Flu shots are widely available to tribal members now. The immunization covers H1N1 and the two likely seasonal strains of the virus.
Parents should watch their mailboxes because they'll be getting information about upcoming flu shot clinics at schools. Other people, however, can get shots from 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Pod A.
IHS is immunizing by appointment for people who can't come during those hours. Call 541-553-1196 and ask for Nursing.
Flu shot clinics are still being planned. People who have ideas for locations can call Community Health, 541-553-1196.

Crisis support available around the clock

Warm Springs Community Counseling continues to offer 24-hour crisis support to tribal members.
During overnight weekday hours and the weekends, calls made for crisis support go to Police Department Dispatch, 541-553-1171. Dispatchers will take your name and telephone number and notify the crisis worker. The crisis worker will them call you to provide help.
Call 541-553-3205 during office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for crisis assistance Mondays-Fridays. And always call 911 in an emergency.

Vital Stats ID schedule

This is the schedule for getting your tribal identification card from Vital Statistics:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 8-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-4:30 p.m.
ID cards are $10. Paper copy IDS, $3.
One dollar for copies of birth certificates, Social Security cards, court orders, etc.
No checks or credit. Cash only.
Call 541-553-3252 for details.

CPS seeks foster families

Children’s Protective Service of Warm Springs seeks local families to provide a safe, temporary environment while their parents work toward reunification.
Requirements include:
Living in a home where everyone age 18 and older could pass a background check;
Having a valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance (and ability to show proof);
Completing a fingerprint card with the police department.
Call Child Protective Service for details, 541-553-3209.

Legal Aid moves office, changes number

Legal Aid has moved its new office to the white, single-wide trailer at 1106 Wasco St. The telephone number has changed to 541-553-2144.
The number printed in the Spilyay back in June no longer applies because of the department’s move to the trailer.
Legal Aid provides legal criminal counsel and representation to tribal members in the Warm Springs Tribal Court.
The court receptionist at the Warm Springs Tribal Court also can take messages for Legal Aid.
The department reopened in June after more than a year of closure.

Mountain View Hospital recruiting volunteers

Mountain View Hospital recently launched its volunteer program, Give.
The hospital district is seeking individuals interested in volunteering as greeters at the hospital. The hospital plans to have greeters available 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The volunteer shifts would be in four-hour increments and involves greeting visitors courteously and directing them to their destinations.
The hospital is also seeking volunteers for its auxiliary thrift store, located at 59 N.E. Fifth St., Madras.
These volunteer positions would be to perform retail functions such as cashier and stocking shelves. The auxiliary thrift store is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
All volunteers must be over the age of 16 and must sign a service agreement.
If you are interested in becoming a Mountain View Hospital volunteer or would like more information, please contact JoDee Tittle, 475-3882, ext. 5097, jtittle@mvhd.org.

Supplies 4 Schools helps local school children 

Mountain View Hospital, in partnership with Mid Oregon Credit Union, continues to collect school supplies for local school children.
Community members may drop school supplies off at the outpatient registration entrance of Mountain View HospitalCash donations are also accepted and will be used toward the purchase of new school supplies.
This year’s Supplies 4 Schools ensures that all children have a sense of belonging and readiness for school.
Commonly needed items include: high school or middle school backpacks, spiral notebooks, pencils, graph paper, college ruled paper, glue sticks, colored markers, colored pencils, 4 oz. bottles of white glue, school supply boxes, pink erasers, bottles of hand sanitizer and 2-3" binders.
For more information or to make a cash donation, please contact Joan Anderson of Mountain View Hospital at 541-460-4016. Email: janderson@mvhd.org

 

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