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Spilyjy Tymoo, VVrm Springs, Qi-ejon
April 5, 2001
Spring break activities keep
youth positively active
Subsistence fishery opens at Sherars
Spring Break was a productive
time for at least two groups of W arm
Springs students. Teens focused on
their futures at a Youth Conference
jointly presented by Workforce De
velopment and the Education de
partments. The students enjoyed
hands-on computer training as well
as discussions about college planning
and career training options.
Among the presenters were rep
resentatives from OSU and WSU
who spoke about Native American
College-Bound Support Services, the
Native American Nursing Program,
and the American Indian Science
and Engineering Society.
At the close of the three-day con
ference,1 the hard-working students
were treated to a day of skiing at Mt.
The Museum at Warm Springs youngsters produced beautiful pieces
hosted a week-long beading class of traditional work as well as some
taught by Amelia Colwash. The contemporary interpretations.
Computer skill taught at youth conference.
Spilyay Tymoo photos by
; Subsistence fishing at Sherars
Fulls opened on April 1 and will
continue through June 15 for hook
and line, dip-net and set-net fisher
men, A strong run of spring chinook
salmon is expected this year, so an
unrestricted harvest of hatchery
chinook (fin-clipped) and a cap of
525 adult wild chinook has been es
tablished. When the cap on wild salmon has
been reached, the season on hatch
ery fish will continue until the June
15 closure, but wild salmon will have
to be released unharmed back into
I look and line regulations on the
Deschutes River restrict each angler
to the use of one rod. Single-hook
rigs arc required, and treble hooks
arc prohibited. All snagged fish must
be released unharmed back into the
I latchery stcclhead caught during
the spring fishery may be kept, but
all wild stcclhead must be released
unharmed back into the river. The
sale of any fish taken during the
ongoing Deschutes fishery is illegal.
The Warm Springs River and all
of its tributaries are closed to pro
tect salmon and stcclhead originat
ing from that system.
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Fishermen target Columbia Chinook
Samantha Pennington beading at Museum.
Samantha's beading a
Warm Springs ceremonial fisher
men laid their gillnets in the Colum
bia River last week in anticipation
of what may be the largest spring
chinook salmon run on record.
Columbia River Intertribal Fish
Commission (CRITFC) member
tribes were allocated 1,700 chinook
each, the same harvest level that was
( granted for the 2000 season.
-!i-The spring 2001 season, which
opened March 25, is expected to last
for approximately three weeks. The
long season echoes the optimism of
biologists who believe this year's
migration could set a new standard
for spring chinook. The upriver run
is expected to reach 365,000, the
highest number since Bonneville
Dam was constructed in 1938.
The Confederated Tribes of
Warm Springs have five head fisher
men, each with their own boat and
crew, on the Columbia River. Each
boat is allocated 340 salmon. The
head fishermen, who all have regis
tered fishing sites on the Columbia,
are selected by the tribes and
longhouses for their experience and
Branch of Natural Resources
employees from the enforcement
division, and from the Fish and
Wildlife Department, are also on the
river monitoring fishermen to en
sure their safety. The staff will trans
port fish back to Warm Springs for
storage in tribal coolers.
The salmon that are being caught
in the Columbia this spring will be
used for ceremonial purposes such
as the salmon feast, huckleberry
feast, root feast and funerals.
f1 1 ,V)MI,' M'lK'rM
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those of you
know me, my
name is Terri
Carnes. I am
I am an en
ber of the San Carlos Apache Tribe
from San Carlos, Arizona as well as
half Choctaw from Atoka, Okla
homa. I resided in Phoenix for 13
years until I came here to live with
the father of my children, Lilbullowl
Suppah who many of you know.
Our children are Elijah Ray Suppah-aka-Te-Yush-Y
age 2, and Sequoia
Lyn Suppah age 1. I have been liv
ing in the area for 3 years now and
come in contact with a lot of very
nice and caring people who I now
love very dearly. They have become
my family in a sense.
I come from the desert so living
in the state of Oregon I had a lot of
adjusting to do, but have come a long
ways and even graduated from Ma
dras High School, Class of 2000.
After having two children and hav
ing to take care of them, you tend to
fall behind in life. It's hard to catch
up but it's something I did because
I want to succeed in life.
That brings me to my goals. Ever
since I was in Jr. High School, I
started off studying law and order
to go into prosecution some day.
Plans changed and I went on to high
school and then into vocational
school to become an officer of the
law. I spent two years learning how
the system works, making arrests
and doing a lot of physical fitness,
When I first came to Warm
Springs, my first job was at the front
desk at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, where I
worked for a year and a-half, then
took time off to be with my chil
dren. My second job was at ECE
where I worked for a short time and
later took a position with the Warm
Springs Police Department where I
established a number of goals. Some
of the goals include staying with this
job and learning from training and
the knowledge this position has to
offer. Another goal is to be able to
help our community to the best of
my ability and knowledge, to dis
patch emergency resources or police
officers as promptly as possible
where they are needed. I've seen
many things occur since I've started
working for the police department
in February and feel that every call
from community members is im
portant and crucial, especially emer
In closing, I would like to take
this time to thank the Warm Springs
Police Department staff for making
things easy for me during those hard
and busy days. Thank you for those
kind words of wisdom, encourage-
Firebuster Program educates
Students at Warm Springs El
ementary, with assistance from the
Fire and Safety Branch, have been
doing their part to prepare for the
upcoming fire season.
The students have been learning
safety tips through the Firebusters
Program sponsored by Fire and
Safety and some have earned prizes
for their efforts.
Laurissa Bellanger, a fourth
grader in Mr. Nelson's class, won a
brand new bicjxle during an awards
ceremony held at the school last
week. Other prizes went to Arnold
Stwyer a kindergartener in Mrs.
Grahams' class and Mauren Saludo
Sanchez a fourth grader in Mrs.
Fire and Safety has been encour
aging residents to get themselves
ready for the fire season by creating
a defensible space around their
homes. A green lawn and well
pruned trees are helpful in slowing
down wildfire, which could make
the difference in saving a home.
Projects that help save homes in
clude removing all dead plants, trees
and shrubs from around the house.
Reducing excess leaves and low hang
ing branches, and replacing dense
flammable plants with fire-resistant
plants are also helpful.
Debris should be burned before
extreme fire danger occurs and in
accordance with instructions on the
The staff at Fire and Safety is cur
rently looking for volunteers who
would be willing to lend a hand for
community fire prevention projects.
They can be reached at 553-1634.
' ment, and advice. I would also like
to extend my special thanks to Su-'
Yenn who helped me get here. Last
but not least, to all the friends that I
do have for their support and ears
when I needed them the most They
(enow who they are, thanks a lot you
guys, there are no words to express
the gratitude I feel inside.
Community Police Division, i
Kids First Program ' '
The Kids First Program began on
March 28 in Warm Springs. It has
occurred twice in Jefferson County.
The program is set up to get police
and nurses working in conjunction
with other agencies and doing house
calls to check on children and fami
lies. , The original program, which
came to be known as Kid's Korner,
was started in Reno, Nevada in 1996,
by a police officer and a nurse. Our
local program is patterned after the
Nevada program and involves people
from the Warm Springs community,
Jefferson County, city of Madras,
Jefferson County District Court,
Crook County, city of Prineville and
The goal is to gain the support
and involvement of other depart-
" ments within the community as
Kid's First grows in status. The first
days' activities took place in the
Kalish and Autjui streets housing
Contact was made with 19
homes, five of these revealed that no
one was home and four others indi
cated no children were residing.
Overall the visits were well accepted
by those who were home.
I.H.S. Health Nurse Shawn
Gaddy, Fire and Safety Officer Karla
Tias, COPS officers Bob Medina and
Chris Elliott, and Lt. Stoney Miller
were in the group during the first
day. For further information con
tact the COPS office at 553-2274 or
. There is & need for our people to
take a serious look at what some are
doing out there in the community.
We are speaking of those who for
one reason or another are engaged
in the acts of intimidating or coerc
ing our elders into' buying things
they have no need for or cannot af
ford. This is an ongoing problem
sorre. f ,our elders. In some cases
they are approached and asked to
buy things, like dried meat, other
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food stuff, or other items. Other
times these ones want to pawn or
hock something for money, and the
origin of or condition of the item is
questionable. Others just come
around simply wanting money. And
when the elder says that they can't
use it or don't have the money, they
are threatened with physical abuse,
or statements are made which cre
ate worry, fear, and anguish, this is
in realty, nothing other then men
Our elders don't deserve or need
this kind of treatment. They don't
have the means physically to get into
confrontations, and they shouldn't
have to. But there arc those out there .
who prey on our elders who know
nothing else but, physical force, cru
elty, threats, intimidation, coercion,
meanness, these are the ways these
ones know and use when dealing '
with our elders. , .
If you sec this sort of thing going
on, or know of an incident that may
have occurred be good enough in
your heart tostep forward and help
stop it from happening. To make a ;
report you can call the Crime Stop
per Line at 553-2202 or contact the
Senior Center at 553-3313.
Below average snow pack points to drought
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Awards assembly held to present monthly awards, including
Mild weather patterns and a be
low average snow pack have put re
source managers on alert for an im
pending drought. The relatively low
moisture levels are not cause for
immediate alarm on the Warm
Springs Reservation, but without
relief some resources could experi
ence hardships this summer and fall.
"We're going to be in a drought
situation," said Tribal Environmen
tal Office Director Dee Sehgal. "Our
snow pack is below average and what
little we have is above 5,000 feet,"
Reports from Tribal Environ
mental Office personnel indicate this
year's snow pack is only about 60
percent of average. That means the
spring snow melt and subsequent
runoff will also be well below nor
mal. When the snow pack is below
average, stream flows, especially in
the summer and fall, are expected to
drop significandy- Rivers such as the
Deschutes, with flows augmented by
springs and numerous tributaries,
will not be affected as much as
smaller streams that rely on surface
moisture for most of their volume.
The lack of deep moisture in the
soil means young trees planted
through the reforestation program
will have a difficult time surviving
this summer. It also means the light
fuels, primarily annual grasses, will
dry out early and increase fire dan
ger across the reservation, particu
larly on the rangclands.
"People should be ex
tremely careful with fire this sum
mer and try to keep a green lawn
around their homes," said Sehgal.
The drought conditions
facing central Oregon are not as se
vere as those experienced during
1977, but residents who remember
the prolonged drought of the early
1980s will probably find the current
situation very similar. Drinking and
irrigation water on the reservation
will not be heavily impacted, but
flow levels on many streams will be
the lowest they've been in several
A variety of fish species,
including chinook salmon and steel
head, could be impacted by the on-,
going drought. Under low flow con
ditions they may be subjected to an
increased incidence of disease, pas
sage barriers, pre-spawning mortal
ity, a reduction in available habitat
and other related difficulties.
I lowcvcr, representatives of
the Fish and Wildlife staff say it's
too early to tell how fish will be
impacted. The ultimate affects will
be determined on a stream by stream
basis, and by the severity and dura
tion of the drought.
"We're keeping an eye on it,
but we're not panicking," said Fish
Program Manager Patty O'Toolc.
"It's a natural event that these fish
have evolved with over thousands of
years. We'll continue to monitor the
situation and hope tor rain."