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Miss Warm Springs 1986
Lana Shike
Review of 1985 shows change, progress, controversy
For many, the beginning of a
new year is a time to reflect
upon the past year's events. It is
a time to remember what occur
rences created the most changes
and what events, however im
portant, went with little notice.
The beginning of 1985 saw a
new Miss Warm Springs, Elfreda
Mitchell. The average tempera
ture for the first two weeks of
January, 1985, was approximately
27 degrees. In January, the 509
J school district board of direc
tors adopted eight goals to "im
prove the quality of education"
throughout Jefferson County.
Also, in January, the Natural
Resources department began
tagging elk so as to gain knowl
edge about reservation herds.
Early in 1985, Tribal Council
adopted the Range and Agri
culture Management plan. Young
girls between the ages of three
and 17 vied for various "Li'I
Miss Warm Springs"titles. The
winners were Christina John-
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son, Vanessa Walker, Saigigi
Hisatake, Starla Green, Angela
Polk, Arlissa Rhoan, Josephine
Johnson, Betty Spino, Chrystal
Scott and Marcy Moody. As of
February 4, 1985, IIM (Indi
vidual Indian Monies) was com
puterized. All checks were writ
ten elsewhere and mailed to
local recipients.
Fourteen Warm Springs youth
attending Madras Jr. High School
received perfect attendance a wards
for the second quarter of the
school year. Also recognized by
the Jr. High were 10 Warm
Springs students making the
honor roll. In mid-February it
was announced that all sixth
grade classes would converge at
Buff Elementary in Madras be
ginning with the new school
year. This change came about
when it was recommended that
the move would ease Jr. High
transition, provide more space
at Warm Springs Elementary
and provide greater ease ol
intervention from Jr. High stafl
in dealing with preventative coun
seling andcoordination ot upper
elementaryjunior high cirricu
lum. In February, Judge Richard
Frederick began presiding over
tribal court as chief judge. At
about the same time, the tribal
bail posting policy was changed.
It was announced in early March
that the Confederated Tribes
was the recipient of a S3.4 mil
lion grant from HUD to con
struct at least 53 new homes in
already established housing
developments. Also, in early
March, Tribal Council approp
riated nearly $600,000 for the
renovation of the Simnasho
Longhouse. The money was ap
propriated in the same manner
as the annual tribal operating
Shike selected as 1986 Miss Warm Springs
by Pat Leno-Baker
The atmosphere was intense
but calm during the Miss Warm
Springs 1986 pageant. But,
among the three vying for the
title, 18 year-old Lana Shike
came out victorious. The com
petition was close and intense
among Shike and the other two
candidates, Becky Danzuka, 19
and Sheila Wahnetah,21. As in
years past, the pageant was held
at the Agencv Longhouse,
ber 30.
The three young women com
peted throughout the evening in
eight predetermined catego
riesbeauty, poise, personality,
appearance, speakingability, know
ledge of tradition and tribal his
tory and talent. Each young
lady was asked questions about
themselves, tribal history and
traditional knowledge and they
were given a short period for an
impromptu speech.
During the talent competition
Shike did the Lord's Prayer in
Indian sign language, showed
some of her beadwork and re
cited a poem. Danzuka told the
legend of Mt. Hood and Mt.
Jefferson and sang a song. A
presentation of her knowledge
of Warm Springs tradition was
the topic for Wahnetah. The
three were judged on their danc
ing ability in the round-dance
and graceful war-dance.
The judges for the pageant
were Margaret Boise, Dennis
Starr, Ellen Thompson and
Geraldine Jim.
The evening's agenda set aside
a time to honor the Miss Warm
Springs XII, 1985, that honor
was shared by Elfreda Mitchell
and Lenora Starr, both had
Because tribal credit funds
were "running short," a refer
endum was set for March 20.
Tribal voters approved the $3
million referendum. It was an
nounced in March that funds
were available to tribal members
for alcohol and drug treatment.
Those funds were to be used by
members who had no resources
with which to pay for treatment.
In early April, Olympic runner
Billy Mills made a visit to Warm
Springs to promote youth dur
ing National Youth Week. Also,
in April, Warm Springs resi
dents, like other Oregonians,
began trying their luck at the
first-ever Oregon lottery. The
Confederated Tribes signed an
agreement with the 509-J School
District and the Bureau of Indian
Affairs April 19. The agreement
was "to define and establish a
system of policies and proce
dures to ensure effective inter
governmental consultation,
planning and delivery of educa
tional services for tribal stu
dents." Resolution 6801, approved
by Tribal Council in early 1 985,
called for an increase in coun
cilmen compensation from the
present $5.00 per hour to an
amount not to exceed $26,250
per year. The 500 percent increase
could only come through a
secretarial election amending the
Constitution and By-Laws.
Voters, on May 8, defeated the
proposed increase by a 150 to
109 margin.
In May. fire management stated
that the fire season was already
in force due to an unusually dry
winter and spring. Fire condi
tions were rated as being-high."
Tribal employees with three or
more years service were honored
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served as Miss Warm Springs
iyo3. During the summer, Mit
chell resigned from the position
, and Starr was asked by the
committee to finish the 1985
reign. The two young women
and their families held give
aways to thank the people and
the community for all the sup
New Oregon laws to affect drivers
and passengers alike
Zooming in with the new year
are several motor vehicles laws
which went into effect January
I, 1986. Drivers will also find
; themselves paying increased
I license fees.
Anyone tampering with odo
meters or providing false odo-
; meter information will be fac
ing new criminal offenses. As
the result of the odometer tam
pering and reporting law, car
owners must now report odo
meter readings when motor vehi
cles registrations are renewed or
when a title is transferred to a
new owner.
All-terrain vehicle owners will
be required to obtain title and
registration papers whether or
not the vehicle will be used on
private or public properties. A
. safety education program for
young ATV operators will also
be introduced into 1986.
Procrastinators who wait more
than 30 days to transfer titles
will be paying $25-$50 penalty.
Traffic violaters who were
issued tickets can find them
selves being denied license
renewals, or getting their licenses
suspended or cancelled by Motor
at a banquet at the Agency
Longhouse May 9. Two em
ployees, Eugene Greene and
Rudy Clements, both received
20-year awards. One-hundred-twenty
employees, over half of
whom were tribal members, re
ceived awards. Also in May,
KWSI KWSO began advertis
ing for applicants to work at the
stations located at Kah-Nee-Ta.
An early June truck accident
caused the closure of Highway
26. Traffic was delayed for seven
hours while Warm Springs Fire
and Safety crews and the
Hazardous Materials team from
Redmond cleaned up the 9,550
gallon gas spill. There was a
threat of pollution to the
Deschutes River. During the
closure, some traffic was diverted
over the Pelton Hydroelectric
Dam. Over 270 firefighters from
the BIA, Tribe, U.S. Forest
Service, BLM and Yakima bat
tled a 2,600 acre grass fire near
Dry Creek. The fire originated
at the dump and traveled toward
the Deschutes River. In mid
1985, Rudy Clements encour
aged Tribal Council to give con
sideration to reapportionment.
Clements sited a violation of the
"one man, one vote"clause men
tioned in the American Civil
Rights Act of 1968.
Two men died from injuries
sustained in the 960 acre Kah-Nee-Ta
fire. The June 23 blaze,
fanned by high winds, injured a
total of six people, mostly resort
employees. A Life Flight helic
opter and three 304th Air Rescue
and Recovery Squadron helic
opters were brought in to trans
port the injured to Portland and
local hospitals.
It was reported in early Julv
that work on KSWI and KWSO
was "progressing on schedule."
JANUARY 3, 1986
port they had received during
the year.
At the chosen moment Lenora
Starr presented the crown to
Shike for her 1986 reign. Wah
netah was selected as second
runner-up and Danzuka was
chosen as first runner-up. They
both received gifts from the
Vehicles Division if they fail to
respond to or appear on traffic
tickets. Traffic violators from
out of state who try and obtain
a license in Oregon in order to
drive in their home state will be
surprised to find that they may
be denied or have their license
cancelled and suspended.
Drivers 50 years of age and
Station to
Barring any "catastrophes,"
KWSI FM 96.5 will be on the
air Monday, January 6 at 5 a.m.
Inclement weather and other
unforeseen obstacles have caused
air dates to be delayed for the
past two months. According to
station manager Nat Shaw, ship
ment of necessary equipment
has been slow. And, due to fog,
ice and cold weather, the instal
lation of antennae on the tower
atop Eagle Butte has been put
off several times.
Now, with most of the details
taken care of, KWSI will bring
to its listeners all the latest
news, sports and weather as
well as adult contemporary music
Station manager Nat Shaw also
stated that response from tribal
members for training was "very
good." Former Miss Warm
Springs, Lenora Starr, once
again assumed the responsibili
ties of the title with the resigna
tion of Elfreda Mitchell. Starr
crowned Lana Shke at the De
cember 30th Miss Warm Springs
In August, Service Unit
Director Lee Loomis reported
that the IHS clinic in Warm
Springs had received "uncondi
tional accreditation" from the
Joint Commission on Hospital
Accreditation. The accreditation
is recognized by the health care
industry as the highest possible
level of approval.
Also, in August, Frank and
Russell Charley began work on
"Charleys Market" in Simna
sho. The pair can be seen driv
ing their van which is embla
zoned with store advertising.
Long-time Kah-Nee-Ta emplo
yee Chuck Schmidt was named
Lodge manager following the
resignation of Jerry Schaeffer.
Following a year of construc
tion and renovation, the Justice
Service Administration building
was completed and inmates were
returned to the facility Septem
ber 27. Office space was not fin
ished and occupied until about
a month later. The $2.3 million
construction was funded through
the Department of the Interior
and administered by the BIA.
Total square footage of the
structure is 1 6,500, w hich allows
for separate confinement cells
for 18 adult males, six juvenile
mates, six juvenile females and
ten adult females.
The tribal operating budget
was approved and posted by
Tribal council at the end of Sep-
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committee for their participa
tion in the pageant.
The 1986 Miss Warm Springs
is the daughter of Ray, Sr. and
Charlotte Shike. She is the
youngest of two brothers, Ray,
Jr. and Lawrence Shike and
three sisters, Helena Jones, Mina
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older will be given a vision
Before their licenses can be
renewed, they must have 20-40
vision. If they fail to pass the
vision screening, DM V can refer
them to a vision specialist.
Drivers and passengers 16
years of age and under will be
required to wear a safety belt.
air Monday
24 hours a day. Tune in to
Warm Springs' newest enterprise
and hear for yourself. ,
KWSI FM seeks
new ideas
Short historical events per
taining to the Warm Springs
reservation would be accepted
for the radio station,
KS WI KWSO for broadcasting
on the air. People's names, pla
ces, and time of events can be
sent to: KWSI, PO Box C,
Warm Springs, Oregon, 97761 .
tember. The budget estimated a
32 percent increase in revenue
and a 15 percent increase in
expenses over the 1985 budget.
Tribal Council directed that the
budget be held to 1985 levels,
but a larger population, new
programs that were delayed in
previous years, electricity costs,
building maintenance and insu
rance made this goal difficult to
achieve. Twenty-two positions,
some already vacant, were de
leted from the 1986 budget.
However, 57 full and part time
positions were added. A three
percent cost of living increase
for all employees was proposed.
October also saw an increase
in the number of hepatitis cases
at the clinic. Fishing regulations
were also put into effect at
Sherars Bridge. The Tribes pur
chased the Sherars Bridge pro
perty in 1979 so that they could
manage and preserve the prop
erty for future generations. Due
to the failure of the 509-J school
district levy, the Board of
Directors approved budget cuts
totaling $83,416. The $2.8 mil
lion levy was presented to voters
November 5. Due to unforeseen
delays, KWSI KWSO was put
on hold. The stations were due
for FCC testing in mid-September
and due to be on the air by
mid-October. Because of the
delays, an additional six-month
extension was requested and
granted by the FCC.
District meetings were held
in mid-October to discuss the
proposed 1986 budget. Of par
ticular concern at the Agency
district meeting was Kah-Nee-Ta,
the cost-of-living increases,
the tribal activity bus, the new
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