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rpril 11, 1996
Vol. 21 No.8
CPS has new
Tribal member Nicole
Clemens was recently
hired as the newest
supervisor at Children's
509-J school district
superintendent Phil Riley
delivered the 1996-97
budget message to the
budget committee March
COCC offers spring
Numerous classes are
on tap for Spring term.
Local spiritual leader
Wilson Wewa, Jr.
explains the root feast
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Elementary students put
their creativity to good
use when making
lesson review is last
Segment in language
United Tribes wins
United Tribes team, for
the third straight year,
won the suicide
Horses get bored,
Research has shown
that lack of exercise may '
cause stress in horses
thus leading them to
nervous wood chewing.
of Warm Springs'
past, are now
Deadline for the next
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Learning to dig is easy with grandma's help.
Warm Springs Head
Start children took to
the fields last week,
kupns in hand, to dig
Children learned not
only how to dig, but
how to identify piaxi
and luxs as well. The
roots were peeled and
The outings were
family oriented as
along to help dig the
sometimes hard earth.
Photos by Selena Boise
WSFPI presents annual report
Close to 100 tribal members
crowded the tables at the Agency
Longhouse during a General Coun
cil meeting on March 26. The occa
sion was Warm Springs Forest
Products Industries (WSFPI) pre
sentation of their annual report.
Last year marked various
achievements for WSFPI. These in
cluded establishing a dividend policy
to return excess profits to the Con
federated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Chief Financial Officer Ralph
Minnick reported that earlier that
afternoon (March 26) WSFPI board
chairman Mike Clements had handed
over a $250,000 check to Tribal
Council as part of this new policy.
Other happenings in 1995 in
cluded the mill operation changing
from Sedgwick James Co. of Oregon
to Giesy, Greer, and Gunn, Inc. as
third party administrators of the
worker's compensation program.
WSFPI also lost a longtime valued
employee when Lumber Sales
Manager Tony Gallagher died in
When the time came for the tribal
Clinic to be closed half days
During the week of April 15th
through the 19th, the clinic will be
closed for Industrial Strength Triage
training. This important training will
enable the medical providers to give
better service to the community.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday-Open from 8 a.m. to
noon, closed from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
membership to speak, concerns over
equipment replacement and the rela
tionship between mill employees and
management topped the list. Warm
Springs Forest Product Industries
apprenticeship program was criti
cized by three to four individuals for
not including seniority as part of the
criteria for judging those workers
chosen to fill apprenticeships. A sug
gestion was made that the EAC
committee, the WSFPI board and
mill management all meet together
over the apprenticeship program and
Concerns were brought up over
equipment replacements at the mill,
including a slider saw and optimizer.
Optimizers are used in the chipping
process to determine how to get the
maximum amount out of a log. A
complaint was voiced that the
equipment had broken down right
away. WSFPI's annual report in
cludes a gang edger optimizer among
several capital projects being com
pleted in 1995. The others include a
Dry Kiln Computer Controller,
Planer Trimmer Modernization, and
no late clinic.
Tuesday through Friday-Closed
from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, open from 1
to 8 p.m.
Friday-Open from 1 to 5 p.m.
This closure will not affect Den
tal, Optometry and Administration.
If you have any questions, please
contact either Russ Alger or Dean
Seyler at 553-2461.
P.O. Box 870
Warm Springs, OR 97761
Address Correction Requested
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Look what I dug! says Tyrell Smith at his rootdigging field trip
a Log Yard rebuild. The report also
states that the capital projects are
part of a "continuous program of
updating and modernizing to get
caught up to the technology used by
the most modern and efficient mills."
Tribal Member Daisy Ike ques
tioned the establishment of a $5
million to $10 million investment
fund by the forest products enter
prise. Her point was that any amount
over $25,000 needs to be approved
by the Warm Springs tribal mem
bership (Ordinance 67). WSFPI
manager Rick Saunders replied that
the mill board had approved the in
vestment fund. The 1995 annual re
port reads that the fund was estab
lished to "ensure the security of
WSFPI's ongoing plan to maintain a
competitive operation with the latest
in technology, and reduce its depen
dence on borrowing money from
Other issues raised at the March
26 General Council meeting covered
drug testing of employees, flood in
surance, the forest inventory, and
WSFPI's accountability to the tribal
The Warm Springs Small
Business Development Center
will sponsor the Warm Springs
Business Association's April
breakfast meeting April 22 at 8
a.m. at the Indian Trail
Restaurant.Guest speaker is
Insurance and Financial
Services. Call the Center at
553-3593 for more information.
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Meetings set for
April and May
The IRMP team will hold a series
of public meetings in April and May
to discuss management alternatives
for all non-forested resources on the
Meetings will be held beginning
April 18 at the Fire Management
conference room. Subsequent meet
ings will be held every Thursday,
8:30 a.m. through May 30.
Staff members will cover a broad
range of topics during the seven
weekly meetings. Riparian areas, fish
and wildlife are topics scheduled for
Tribes, PGE agree to disagree
The Confederated Tribes of Warm
Springs and Portland General Elec
tric (PGE) have discontinued their
negotiations concerning the future
operation and relicensing of the three
dam Pelton Hydroelectric Project on
the Deschutes River.
Because talks have broken off,
the Tribes have asked that Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) decide what roles the Tribes
and PGE will have when the project' s
50-year operating license comes up
for renewal December 31, 2001 .
As owner of the three dams, which
all abut the reservation, PGE is fight
ing a move by the Tribes to gain
more control over the project. At
stake is millions in annual revenues.
PGE pays just over $9 million a year
to the Tribes for the right to generate
and sell electricity from two of the
According to Warm Springs
Power Enterprises manager Jim
Manion, Tribal Council formed a
task force to look at all options re
garding the license. On that task force
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the first discussion.
In weeks to come, the IRMP team
has planned presentation on recre
ation, education, interface areas, vi
suals, rural housing, cultural areas
and plants, wildlife, Extensive Man
agement Zones, woodlands, trans
portation, ORVs, economic devel
opment and energy.
Tribal members are invited to
comment on any of the subjects.
Opinions offered during the meet
ings will be used to help form the
preferred alternative section of the
IRMP II draft plan.
For further information, call
Bobby Brunoe in the Range and Ag
are Manion, Ralph Minnick, Stan
Reed, Randy Goff, Ken Smith, Den
nis Karnopp, Jim Noteboom and
several other specialists, including
"The Tribe is reviewing owner
ship aspects of the project," says
Manion. "One of the major consider
ations in the process is restoring the
anadromous fish runs above the
project. Studies are currently under
way to review the economics of this,"
Also important is the economic
impact the dams have had and will
continue to have on the Confeder
ated Tribes. "These projects play a
major role in generating revenues for
the Tribes on an annual basis."
In an article in the Bend Bulletin
March 29, tribal attorney Karnopp
stated the Tribes are seeking clarifi
cation because the relicensing pro
cess is long and complicated. "Who
is going to be the licensee and for
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