Spilyay tymoo. (Warm Springs, Or.) 1976-current, February 14, 1986, Image 1

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Spring runs look
good in 1986
Portland "This year looks
bad for the spring fish migration,"
said Tim Wapato, Executive
Director of the Columbia River
Inter-Tribal Fish Commission,
referring to the effect that less-than-average
runoff conditions
forecast for the the Snake and
Columbia Rivers will have on
young salmon and steelhead mi
grating from the basin's upstream
to the ocean.
"In years when flows are below
average, fish mortalities skyroc
ket," he said. As fish pass dams
operated by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers on the Columbia
River system, hundreds of thou
sands perish because low flows
exacerbate fish passage problems
created by the system's many
hydroelectric projects.
"As principal dam operator,
the Corps must use every effort
available to ensure safe fish
passage. This includes eliminat
ing artificial constraints on the
use of water budget (additional
water released during fish migra
tion) and cooperating in a pro
gram of spilling water at the
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dams to divert fish from the
power-generating turbines,"
Wapato urged. (See Note, page
"In past years, the Corps of
Engineers has refused to imple
ment the passage protection mea
sures recommended jointly by
Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Fish and Wildlife agencies, the
National Marine Fisheries Service,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
and the Columbia River Inter
Tribal Fish Commission," he
said. "Even after passage of the
power act which mandated equal
treatment of fish and power
the Corps continued to operate
the Columbia system primarily
for electric power production."
Now the Northwest Power
Planning Council staff is propos
ing an increase in the fish survival
rate at each dam to 94 percent
in high-water years and 92 percent
in low-water years. This will
save hundreds of thousands of
young salmon and steelhead that
would have died under the 90
percent survival rate set in 1984.
"We hope this will be the year
the Corps does a turnaround.
Otherwise fish continue to subsi
dize power, which is particularly
unconscionable when we have a
power surplus," Wapato con
cluded. "I wonder how many
thousands of fish each megawatt
With less water flow, fish
migration slows, particularly
through slack waters in the reser
voirs between dams. The longer
fish take to get through the
system, the more likely they are
to fall victim to disease, predation,
or to lose their ability to adapt
to saltwater. Also, when less
water is available, dam operators
have historically used more of it
to generate electricity and less
to provide the spill that diverts
fish from spinning turbine blades.
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Public Hearing
on the Tribal Budget
February 18, 1986
Supper at 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m.
Powwow to begin Friday at Simnasho
Tne Tenth Annual Lincoln's
Birthday powwow will be held
in the new Simnasho Longhouse
February 14, 15 and 16. There
will be over $10,000 in prize
money for the various contests.
The powwow is sponsored by
the Simnasho Longhouse Elders
and committee.
The contest divisions for the
powwow are as follows: traditio
nal and fancy for 7-12 years
boys and girls; traditional and
fancy for 13-17 boys and girls;
traditional and fancy for 1849
years for men and women; tradi
tional for 50 and over for men
and women; open team with
three to a team for men and
women of all ages; and the
drummers contest.
Ceremonies will be held for
first joiners, a memorial dinner
will take place and a name
giving ceremony for Lana Shike,
Miss Warm Springs 1986 will
occur in conjunction with the
This year the committee has
added special contests for toddlers
and babies crawling contests
and other footraces for toddlers.
The committee ask that any
people who would like to make
a donation or contribution to
the various events should contact
committee members. Suggestions
for donations are items for the
raffle, mini raffle, food fto help
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feed visitors), monies, or spon
sors for a dance, "All donations
are welcome,"according to com
mittee member, Anna Clements.
Grand entries will be held
year the Lincoln's Birthday
tasho Longhouse. This year
recently finished addition to the
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Patt sworn
In a special ceremony Tuesday,
February 4, 1986, Olney Patt,
Sr. was sworn in to the Tribal
Council seat vacated in December
by Larry Calica. Upon Calica's
resignation, Tribal Council
appointed Patt to fulfill Calica's
term that will expire this year.
Calica will continue to serve as
acting secretary treasurer for
the Tribe.
Following the swearing-in,
which was performed by BIA
Superintendent Bernie Topash,
Patt stated that he had been
elected to Tribal Council "nine
times. I served with the best
people around. I tried to do my
best. . . as each of us was sworn
Deadline March 20. .
The Tribal Council has set a
tentative date of May 20, 1986
for an Adoption Referendum.
Applications can be picked up
in the Vital Statistics Depart
ment. The deadline for the appli
cations is March 20, 1986, and
they must be turned in by that
date to be included on the Adop
tion list. The Tribal Council
and will be presented the final
list to review the eligibility of
each applicant. Adoption into
the Tribe is governed by the
Tribal Constitution and By-Laws
Section 3, Article III, and reads
as follows:
"The members of the Confede
rated Tribes of the Warm Springs
Reservation, may by a majority
vote of the qualified voters of
the Confederated Tribes voting
at an election called for that
purpose by the Secretary of the
Interior, provided at least 50
percent of those entitled to vote
shall vote in such election, adopt
Friday, February 14 at 7:30
p.m.; Saturday, February 15 at
2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; and on
Sunday, February 16 at 2:00
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Powwow dancers were faced with the crowded quarters of the
the dancers and spectators will enjoy the new facilities of the
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FEBRUARY 14, 1986
into office
in to do."
Patt, continued, stating that
the Tribes have, in the past,
been faced with hard times.
"We have survived the roughest
times of our world. I know all
the Tribal Councils I have served
with have worked to preserve
the economy of this tribe."
Patt, who is 72, has worked
as probate administrator since
the department's inception in
1967. He was raised in Log
Springs and Simnasho and cur
rently lives near Kah-Nee-Ta.
He has five children, all of whom
live in the Warm Springs Madras
date set
as a member of the Tribe any
person of ' or more Indian
Wood who ii a descendant of a.
member or former member of
the Confederated Tribes: Pro
vided: That any person adopted
into membership must have
resided at least three years upon
the Warm Springs Reservation
immediately prior to the date of
his application for adoption,
and shall not be a member of
any other tribe of Indians."
The Adoption Referendum
will be a Tribal Election, which
will mean that those eligible to
vote must be 21 years or older
or married, please check the list
when it is posted to assure that
your name is listed and that
your are in your correct district.
For further information, please
contact the Vital Statistics
Department at the Tribal Admini
stration building, 1233 Veteran
Street or telephone (503) 553
1161, ext. 252.
For more information contact
Pierson Mitchell at (503) 553
1406 or Charles Tailfeathers,
master of ceremonies, at (503)
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