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    Spilyqy Tyrooo, lAfcrrn Spnngs, Oregon
October H, 2004
Howlak Tichum
Anthony John "Big
Rat" Suppah
Anthony John "Big Rat"
Suppah, life-long resident of
Warm Springs who loved
sports and was involved in
traditional activities of the
tribes, passed away on Sep
tember 30. He was 57.
Mr. Suppah was born on
August 28, 1947 at Simnasho
to parents Roosevelt and
Martha (Culpus) Suppah. lie
was married to Lucille
Tony "Big Rat" Suppah
was a war veteran. He was in
the U.S. Marines, and served
two tours of duty in Vietnam.
In more recent years he
showed his love of sports by
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coaching youth sports teams. He
was also involved in the tradi
tional ceremonies of the tribes.
He is survived by his wife
Lucille; children Cheryl Suppah,
Leaf Suppah and Sherry
Suppah, all of Arizona; Little
Bull Suppah of Simnasho;
Red Sky and Rosie Suppah
both of Warm Springs; step
children Penny Moody, Ovedt
Moody and Valerie Suppah of
Warm Springs; brother Sacred
Heart Suppah of Warm
Springs; sisters Muriel Suppah,
Jewels Suppah, Brenda
George and Patricia Suppah,
all of Warm Springs; and nu
merous grandchildren. A
daughter and brother pre
ceded him in death.
Prayer served was held
Oct. 1 at his home in Warm
Springs. Dressing ceremony
was the next day at the
Simnasho Longhouse. Two
nights of overnight were held.
Clifford Meachem
Clifford Meachem, 94, of
Toppenish, Wash., was called
home by our Creator on Sat
urday September 25, 2004 at
Toppenish Community Hos
pital. Clifford was born May 13,
1910 in White Swan, Wash.,
to Frank and Georgianna
(Miller) Meachem. He was
raised in Home Valley, along
the Columbia River by his
Aunt Virginia until the age of
12, when he joined his mother
in Warm Springs.
Clifford attended and
graduated from Chemawa
Indian School in 1928. He
then attended Ashland College
for two years, studying
Shakespeare, and acted in one
of the Shakespeare Produc
tions. Clifford was the last he
reditary chief of Tuxahi,
grandson of Tuxahi who
signed the Treaty of Warm
Springs, Oregon in 1855. He.,
was also the grandson of,.
Chief Tumulth, who signed
the treaties of 1855 for the
Siletz and Grand Ronde
Tribes of Oregon.
Clifford comes from a long
line of strong leaders, and sur
vivors. In 1929, he survived
a Black Widow Spider bite.
Clifford joined the U.S.
Marine Corps on April 17,
1944 and served until Decem
ber 3, 1945. He achieved the
rank of Rifle Sharpshooter on
June 1, 1944. His special mili
tary qualification was as a sur
His sea and foreign service
included the Hawaiian Islands,
Guam, Saipan and Sasebo, Ja
He participated in the oc-
cupation of Sasebo, Japan in
Clifford was a survivor of
the July 17, 1944 Port Chicago
Disaster in which over 300
people were killed and the town
of Port Chicago was leveled.
Port Chicago is in Contra Costa
County, Calif, in the Delta area.
On that fateful day, he had
pulled guard duty while the
munitions ships were being
loaded, and it is a mystery to this
day as to the cause of the ex
plosion. Clifford worked as a civil
engineer and worked on seven
.'tunnels and bridges along the
Columbia River. He worked on
the Grand Coulee Dam,
Bonneville Dam, The Dalles
Dam, McNary Dam, John Day
Dam, and The Feather River
Earth Filled Dam in California.
He also surveyed the town
of Grand Ronde and surveyed
and laid out most of the roads
on the Warm Springs Reserva
tion. As a surveyor, he discov
ered the original markers on
the McQuinn Strip at the base
of Mt. Jefferson, which today
forms the western boundary
of the Warm Springs Reser
vation. He was a co-founder of
Elliott Palmer American Legion
Post in Warm Springs. Clifford
was also a licensed realtor in
the State of Washington,
studying with Steve Daven
Clifford married Kathleen
Dorothy Gates in July of
1935 in Dallesport, Wash. He
and his wife were avid rock
hounds. They enjoyed bowl
ing, gardening and trout fish
He was the oldest male
member of the Yakama Na
tion and Grand Marshall for
Treaty Days in 2004.
Clifford is survived by his
daughter Colleen Reimer and
husband Clint of Toppenish,
Wash.; daughter Maxine
Stephens and husband Larry
of Prineville; niece Joyce
Reyes of Tacoma; nieces
Debbie Alvarez and Anita
Jackson of Warm Springs;
nephews Charles Jackson of
Warm Springs; Mark Jackson
of Terrebonne; and George
Meachem Jr. of Tacoma;
half brothers Max and Zane
Jackson both of Warm:
Springs; eight grandchildren,
15 great grandchildren and
two great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death
by his wife Kathleen on Dec.
9, 2001, his daughter, Sandra,
two grandsons, Craig Reimer
and Darin Lawver, a step
grandson, Rick Stephens,
brothers, George, Roy and
Vernon and two sisters in in
fancy. Funeral services were held
September 30 at the Commu
nity Presbyterian Church in
Military Honors were con
ducted by the Yakama War
riors Association in the Res
ervation Community Memo
rial Park west of Wapato.
Flu vaccine is in short supply
(AP) - Due to this year's scar
city of the flu vaccine, Oregon
health officials plan to issue a
strict mandate laying out who is
eligible to receive the vaccine.
Health care providers who vio
late the mandate could be fined
up to $500.
Right now, the state only has
25 percent of the vaccine
needed to immunize high risk
people, health officials said.
More has been ordered but no
one knows whether it will arrive,
said Dr. Grant Higginson, Or
egon public health officer.
The national Centers for Dis
ease Control and Prevention
has recommended that the vac
cine goes only to those who
need it most, including the very
young, the elderly, those with
chronic health conditions and
medical personnel who work
directly with patients.
Complications of influenza,
a viral respiratory disease, kills
an estimated 36,000 people a
year in the United States, about
500 in Oregon. Most are eld
erly. Martha Priedeman, a re
searcher in the Oregon Depart
ment of Human Services im
munization program, said at
least eight local health depart
ments, nine hospitals and two
health systems have no vaccine.
Some retailers, she said, have the
vaccine and are willing to share.
"We talked to some of them,"
she said. "All say they're willing
to look at their supply and sec
how it matches up with the
pockets of need." The vaccine
supply crisis results from the
British government's suspension
of the license of Chiron Corp.,
which makes half of the 100
million doses of vaccine used
in the United States.
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Mill manager Larry Potts and
assistant manager Ralph
Minnick said the project has
proven so successful that For
est Products Industries is con
sidering additional energy effi
ciency improvements.
But it is not likely, they said,
that the next project will be quite
as successful as the compressor
project - paid for at virtually no
cost to the Forest Products In
dustries. The energy efficiency incen
tive program, the Energy Trust
of Oregon, which funded the
compressor work at the mill is
made possible through a public-purpose
charge that is added
to power bills, explained Pacific
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