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8 .May 9, 1996
Warm Springs, Oregon
Warm Springs Apparel closed it's doors
The doors of Warm Springs
Apparel Industries closed Co the
public September 1995 due to the
lack of funding profit. It is possible
that the doors may reopen under the
management of private contractors,
Melissa Charley and Jan Carlton
Thomas. Melissa has been employed
by WSAI since 1991, Jan in 1994.
Since the opening of Warm
Springs Apparel Industries in 1986
there have been four managers
Hernyce Courtney, Michelle Bnstow,
Judy Dicktnan and Carlton-Thomas.
When Jan was hired in 1994 she
was to try to turn the factory around
and make it profitable. She realized
that would not happen because of the
product and the quality. She feels
they needed to upgrade and move
into more expensive items.
They had been making shorts,
lycra tights and bicycle gear, the kind
of thing you had to make thousands
per week. Making this product did
not covcrpayroll as the market proved
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to be too competitive.
Warm Springs Apparel Industries
also made coats and sweatshirts for a
short time. The shirts were a
"disaster," says Jan. In her opinion,
"they were overpriced and the quality
was not good. The employees were
trained to mass produce these goods
and it became a liability because not
all of it sold. Eventually merchandise
was "jobbed out" for $5,000 to
$6,0(K). Money was lost on inventory.
There were four members of the
board of directors-two from Warm
Springs who were very supportive.
The other two were busy with their
own businesses, one from Bend and
one from Portland. Jan expresses,
"We were depending on them to help
us, but they didn't help."
Before the closure WSAI was in
the middle of a job for Indian Head
Gaming. They already had the fabric
in stock so they received permission
from the Tribe to finish. They were
asked to make enough uniforms for
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the next few years, Gaming paid all
the overhead and all wages until
complete. The job was completed on
From April 10 until June 30
Melissa and Jan have a working
contract to come up with a business
plan that is going to work for the
Tribe. During this time, Chey will do
market research, design research and
prepare a preliminary budget to take
to Tribal Council. "Melissa and I
both believe that this could be a viable
business if it's run right," Jan says.
They should know by the end of
August what's going to happen.
What they would like to do is get
some leather, Pendleton wool and
polar fleece. Some things that people
here can relate to-what they would
buy and what they would want to
work on. They are also going through
archives of the area, the visual history,
that can be used on garments. They
will start creating a mystique of the
There is so much interest from
othcrcasino's for product that comes
from an Indian factory that docs not
have strong Southwest design.
The public is really into Indian
goods and it's the perfect opportunity
to produce Indian goods by real
Indians. Jan says, "The Indian factory
is a real niche, there are very few
If Tribal Council accepts their plan
hiring will be tribal member
preference at minimum wage. Former
employees will start at wages they
left at. They will have the opportunity
for raises and benefits-vacation
leave, sick leave, insurance benefits,
which they never had before. They
want to develop a training center.
They would also like to develop a
home industry. There are many things
that can be done at home-lacing,
beading, applique. Individuals would
be producing goods in their homes
and be paid by the piece. They would
not need a big staff, so overhead
would be lower.
"We're real excited about this
project, although there's been so
much bad press about this business."
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Students from Spain shared a fun dance with everyone.
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Indonesian dance performed.
Jan Carlton-Thomas and Melissa Charley have just completed
Treat Mom to special brunch May 12
Kah-Nee-Ta Vacation Resort is inviting you to bring
your mother or the mother of your children to enjoy a
Mother's Day Brunch at the Juniper Dining Room on
Sunday May 12, From 9am to 3pm. The special person
in your life will be able to enjoy assorted chilled juices,
sliced fresh fruit and melon, eggs benedict, sourdough
french toast with huckleberry sauce, scramble eggs with
cheddar cheese and green onions, smoked bacon, cured
ham, apple sausage, onion chive red potatoes, grilled
vegetables and marinated cheese salad, spring mix
greens with huckleberry vinaigrette, seasonal fresh
vegetables, roast pork, with apple jack demi glace, fresh
baked croissants, danish, muffins, indian fry bread,
assorted dessert selection, fresh ground Kah-Nee-Ta
blend coffee or decaf, and hot herbal or iced tea. The
price is $14 for adults and $8 for children under 12 years
of age. Make it a day that she will never forget, bring
her to Mother's Day Brunch at Kah-Nee-Ta.
The 20th annual AFS Powwow,
April 27, hosted students from 32
countries. Each country shared a
dance or a song of their country with
everyone. Fun dances that anyone
was allowed to participate in, even
the local social dances-owl dance,
round dance. Charlotte Shike and
! Irene Towe were presented with gifts
, for their many years of participation
with the AFS Powwow. Students
were presented with gifts to take
home-earrings, key chains and
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Students participate in owl dance.
Museum offers numerous activities
Seeds of Discovery
The Seeds of Discovery Science
Fair will again be held at The Mu
seum At Warm Springs and is
scheduled for Tuesday, May 14.
The events will be held from 9:45
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meadow
behind The Museum and fourth
graders from Warm Springs, Madras
and Metolius will be participating.
Last year, 250 fourth graders attended
the one-day event, along with nu
merous parents, teachers and chap
erones. A total of 10 different learning
stations will be set up in The Mu-
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Local crew tag and clip baby chinooks.
Hatchery crew tags 500,000 baby chinooks
A total of 500,000 Warm Springs
and Round Butte baby spring
Chinook were tagged between April
1 6 and May 3 this year thanks to the
employees hired at the Warm Springs
Fish Hatchery. According to Chuck
Fuller a fish and wildlife employee
out of the Vancouver Resource office
in Vancouver, Washington, when Fish
return every two to five years, "we'll
be able to determine their age and
where they were tagged and raised."
Working out of two module
trailers at the fish hatchery with six
employees at each trailer, the baby
spring Chinook are clipped and
tagged and put back into holding
tanks until they get old enough to be
released into rivers and streams. Most
of the employees who are working
there are old pro's who sometimes
tag up to 4,000 fish in an eight hour
day. There, are also the green horns
that "only" tag about 2,000 to 3,000
fish daily. The job lasts about tw o to
three weeks depending on how fast
we clip and tag them, says Pat Miller
of Warm Springs. "I've been doing
this for the past seven years" say's
Miller, "I'm up to 3,300 fish a day".
Other employees include Iris
Smith with 3 years, and her daughter
Clarice Smith with seven years, Mona
Jim started doing this off and on
when it first started in 1977, and this
is Rhonda Clements third year.
Valerie Fuiava is also on her third
year, while Tammy Robinson has
seven years under her belt Short
timers include Lareen Teeman,
Maynard Jim, Leann Teeman
Melinda Poitras and Tonya Morgan.
seum meadow where representatives
of the Confederated Tribes of Warm
Springs Natural Resources depart
ments will set up displays. Students
will rotate form station to station
throughout the day.
A highlight of the 1996 fair will
be a 50x 1 0 foot quilted salmon sock
eye tent that will serve as one of the
learning station where children will
learn about salmon. Approximately
50 different animals costumes will
be available to the students. The tent
and costumes are being provided by
the Ochoco National Forest.
Parents and community members
are invited to join in the events, said
Keith Johnson, Assistant Superin
tendent for the 509-J School District.
For more information contact Jeanne
Thomas at The Museum at 553-333 1 .
Live presentation of various tra
ditions and crafts of the Confeder
ated Tribes of the Warm Springs
Indian Reservation are presented
every weekend from Memorial Day
through Labor Day at The Museum
At Warm Springs.
The Living Traditions program
rTeatures a" different presenter each
weekend at Ihe Museum. The idea
is to have tribal people here at The
Museum to show their traditions or
crafts and to talk to the public," said
Jeanne Thomas, Museum Education
The program began shortly after
The 4-H Search and
Rescue Cadet Program
is selling calling cards
as a fund raiser. The
cards are $10 and $20
each. For $10, you get
20 minutes and for $20
you get 40 minutes. The
club receives half the
face value of the cards.
Cards can be
purchased from Luke
Sanders, Keith Baker,
Larry Holliday and
Danielle Switzler or any
of the club members.
Purchases are tax
The Museum first opened in 1993
with a celebration of the Treaty with
the Confederated Tribes and Bands
of Middle Oregon of 1 855 during Pi-Ume-Sha
Treaty Days. The Centen
nial royalty including queen Kathleen
Heath, were invited to The Museum,
along with other past Miss Warm
Springs. The queens were dressed in
their regalia and performed a reading
of the Treaty that was broadcast over
During that same weekend,
Bernyce Courtney demonstrated how
to make Sally Bags at The Museum.
Living Traditions presentations have
continued since then with a full
schedule slated every summer.
The full schedule appears on page.
Formore information, contact Jeanne
Thomas at The Museum at (541)
Museum begins "Living Traditions"
May 14 Seeds of Discovery Science Fair at The Museum for
fourth graders in the 509-J School District from 9:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
May 18 Macrame Lawn Chair Weaving Class taught by
Norma Smith at The Museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$15 fee and the class is limited to 10 people. Bring
own supplies and chair frame.
May 25-27 Living Traditions Program: Unity Dancers, Adeline
Miller form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 1-2 Living Traditions: Spirit Walker Dancers, Joe Tuckta;
Jingle Dress Making by Joe Tuckta from 11 a.m. to 3
June 7 Opening Reception for the Third Annual Tribal
Member Art Show from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Museum.
The exhibit willbe on display through September 20,
June 8-9 Living Traditions: Shaker Church, Norman Lucei
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 15 Living Traditions: Ribbon Shirts and Applique dem
onstralion, Alfreda Mitchell from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 22-23 Living Traditions: Skills using Leather and Bone
Hair Pipes, Lyle Rhoan, Sr., from 111 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 28-30 Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days Celebration and Powwow
in Warm Springs
June 29-30 Living Traditions: Rainbow Dancers, Myra
Shawaway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 4-7 Living Traditions: Rainbow Dancers, Myra
Shawaway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 13-14 Living Traditions: Heritage Importance and Paiute
artifact display, Wilson Wewa, Jr. from 11 a.m. to 3
July 20-21 Living Traditions: Beading People Images, Antoinette
Queahpama from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 27-28 Living Traditions: Ceremonial Hats and Beaded Bags,
Arlita Rhoan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 3-4 Living Traditions: Dip, Set Net Pole Fishing, Hank
Palmer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 10-11 Living Traditions: Tribal Traditions for Hunting and
Fishing, Terry Courtney from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 17-18 Living Traditions: Beaded Crowns and Horse Trap
pings, Rosie Tom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 24-25 Living Traditions: Language Program, Arlita Rhoan
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 31 to
September 1 Artists and Crafts Fair at The Museum from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
For information on the above listed events, contact The Museum at
(541) 553-3331 or write FO Box C Warm Springs, OR 97761.