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November 25, 2004 Vol. 29, No. 24-
Coyote News, est. 1976
Warm Springs, OR 97761
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By Selena Boise
The Sanitation and Landfill depart
ment has undergone a lot of changes
over the years. The department has
made changes in order to implement
the recycle program, and to increase
recycling among residents of Warm
The recycling program has been
moved from the garage behind the
clubhouse on Wasco Street to their new
building at the landfill, where they now
have office space.
There are two recycle technicians
using this space, Roger Stwyer and
Phillip David. Three garbage truck driv
ers are also employed and assist with
recycling, along with their other duties.
Nancy Collins, sanitarian, has been
working with the technicians and truck
drivers to increase recycling numbers
in Warm Springs.
Last year the recycle programs col
lected 42.26 tons of paper (newspaper
and office paper), 13.01 tons of card
board, 21.36 tons of tires, one ton of
batteries, and 147 tons of miscellaneous
The percentage of recycling in
Warm Springs is at about 5 percent,
which is lower than the 15 percent that
the program would like it to become.
. With the higher percentage the landfill
can last longer than it is expected to
last, which is 50 years. , v , t
The recycled materials are baled and
transported to Clayton-Ward, which is
a family owned recycling business in
operation since 1969 located at Salem.
Recyclables accepted include paper,
cardboard, batteries for cars, used oil,
newspapers, tires, and appliances.
All types of paper are accepted -copy
paper, envelopes, post its, maga
zines, etc. - everything except waxed
paper. Batteries and used oil can be
picked up at your home when they are
placed alongside your household gar
bage. It is important that these items
are separated and not thrown in with
garbage, because it could possibly con
taminate the groundwater.
See RECYCLING on page 11
Three people, including two ju
veniles, were arrested in connec
tion with the Nov. 8 break-in and
burglary of the Warm Springs
Market, Nov. 18 and 19, Warm
Springs Police Chief Jim Soules
said last Friday.
Logan Hammond, 19, of
Warm Springs was arrested and
charged with receiving stolen
property, along with two juvenile
males, ages 16 and 14.
Hammond was arrested Fri
day along with one of the juve
niles, while the other juvenile was
arrested the day prior.
"We have identified others
whom we're in the process of
seeking at this time," Soules said.
"We have received a portion of
the stolen property. There's still
property out there, and we ask
anyone in possession of the prop
erty to bring it to us."
About $8,000 in product was
taken from the market the morn
ing of Nov. 8. Among the items
missing were packs of name
brand cigarettes and chewing to
bacco, BBs, and binoculars.
Set BREAK-IN on page 11
Community discusses problem
By Brian Mortensen
Gangs steal the lives of young
people, and the Warm Springs Po
lice Department will take unprec
edented steps to stopping gang ac
tivity on the reservation, police chief
Jim Soulcs said last week.
Soules was among the speakers
at the Imperative Gang Interven
tion seminar at the Warm Springs
Community Center Nov. 16-17.
Soules, who became police chief
injuly, said a four-officer task force
of Warm Springs Police and Fed
eral Bureau of Investigation offic
ers is being formed to combat a
group of "30 to 40 known gang
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Warm Springs Color Guard at the dedication of the Korean War plaque.
Honoring veterans of the Korean War
Veterans Day in Warm Springs
saw the unveiling of a bronze
plaque at the museum, honoring
veterans of the Korean War. The
plaque is located by a grove of Pon
derosa pine trees that the Lions
Club planted ten years ago, also
honoring Korean War veterans. The
Lions Club also donated the plaque.
By Brian Mortensen
Charlie Tailfeathers graduated from
high school in 1967, and a year later,
he was in Viet Nam. Though he's close
to 60 years old now, he said that if he
were young enough, he would go to
Iraq, or Afghanistan, where five of his
nephews are today.
Tailfeathers, of the Simnasho area,
was one of three veterans who spoke
in a Veteran's Day assembly' at
Jefferson County Middle School Nov.
11. Other speakers were Darryl Smith,
the principal at Madras Elementary
School, and Mike Gardner, an eighth
grade teacher at Jefferson County.
Tailfeathers said he had been
"taught to be a warrior since I was a
little kid," growing up in Montana.
"Since we don't scalp or go on war
paths anymore, there was only one al
ternative," he said.
He joined the Navy just after he
graduated from high school in 1967.
He graduated from an American Na
tive high school in Oklahoma, where
85 percent of his class of 78 students
served in Viet Nam.
Tailfeathers said he was one of
them. He went through eight weeks of
training to be part of the underwater
demolition team. By August of 1960,
he was ready to go to Viet Nam, where
he spent about a year, he said.
members" who may be part of one of
at least five different gangs on the
Warm Springs reservation.
Soules said the aggressive stance his
department will take may be at issue
with some residents of Warm Springs.
"As we become more aggressive,
people will accuse us of harassment,"
he said. "I've told Tribal Council, 'You
will be overwhelmed with complaints
The gangs can recruit members as
young as elementary-school age. The
gangs are armed, and they are tied into
the drug trade, particularly metham
phetamine, along with alcohol and mari
juana, he said.
"There is truly a connection between
Warm Springs Color Guard and
other veterans were on hand for the
dedication of the plaque. Washut Cer
emony opened the occasion.
Before the dedication the plaque
had been covered by a Pendleton blan
ket, which was later presented Chesley
Yahtin Sr., a Korean War veteran.
The plaque is set in a cedar log, which
shares his experiences
Tailfeathers said the Viet Nam con
flict was similar to the current conflict
in Iraq in that "we fought an enemy
we cannot find."
He said he does not regret serving
in Viet Nam, though, and expressed
pride that four of his nephews are now
either in Iraq or Afghanistan. One has
recently returned to Iraq.
"I wish I was young enough, (be
cause) I'd be in Iraq today," he said.
When he was in junior high school,
about the same age as the students lis
tening to him at the assembly, he said
he remembered what President John
F. Kennedy said.
"He said, 'Don't ask what your coun
try can do for you, ask what you can
do for your country,'" he said. "You
must do something for your country,
not for me, but for your children."
Of the people with whom he gradu
ated from high school, 5 percent, he
said, died in action.
"They died for what they believed
in when they joined," he said.
He said the legacy of those he
served with lives on, as their children
are also serving.
Gardner graduated from Baker
High School in 1964 and joined the
Marine Corps. He went to Viet Nam
in 1969 and "dropped bombs."
He said that, reflective of the atti
tudes during the Viet Nam era, "I
the meth on the reservation and these
gangs," he said Nov. 16 at the seminar.
"The kids are getting it from town
(Madras). The highway goes through
here, up to Yakima, all the way down
through Klamath Falls to California,
and drugs come through here in quan
tities," Carmen Smith, assistant chief
of police, said. "When they come
through here, they drop off the drugs
to a certain person here or a dealer
here. What they do here is cut and dis
perse it among the people who sell for
"It is very difficult for us to catch
the same load that comes through be
cause they come through at night, dis
tribute it and leave, and in no more
pnotocounesy 01 me Museum ai warm Springs
had been donated and prepared by
Warm Springs Forest Products In
dustries. "The ceremony was beautiful and
touching. It was a special occasion,"
said museum director Carol Leone.
She said that appreciation also goes
to the Warm Springs VFW and Aux
iliary. Of the people with whom
he graduated from high
school, 5 percent died in
action. rThey died for
what they believed in
when they joined. "
waited two decades for someone to
formally thank me (for serving)."
He praised the change in attitude
in this country to one that has stood
behind servicemen and -women in
spite of the different feelings on
American involvement in war itself.
"Lately, we have been able to
separate the political from the ser
vice," he said.
Smith joined the U.S. Air Force
in 1980 and later joined the Air Na
tional Guard. He was able to list a
great litany of nations he visited
during his service, including the
Azores Islands, Portugal, Germany,
Spain, England, Ireland, Cyprus,
Egypt and Kuwait.
"In some places, it's against the
law to have an X-box or Playstation,"
he said. "The only vehicles in Af
ghanistan are taxis. Students walked
or rode a cart to go to school."
than an hour, they're gone."
Local dealers sell the drug in quan
tities of an ounce to a quarter-ounce.
"We have four or five here who re
ally deal, and they can make a total of
$5,000 to $6,000 a week
Soules, in his Tuesday morning pre
sentation, identified five gangs present
on the reservation, the Native Mob,
the 18,h Street Gang, West Side, Na
tive Gangster Tribe and the Cowboys.
He said known members of the Na
tive Mob and the 18'1' Street Gang have
aligned to fight members of another
gang. "We don't know if they've joined
into one gang or if they're just cooper
ating (with one another)," he said.
See GANGS on ptige II
By Brian Mortensen
Residents of many areas of the res
ervation can have wireless broadband
Internet in early 2005 - but it won't be
Access will be available to residents
and businesses that can see the radio
tower on Eagle Butte soon after the
start of the new year. If expected fund
ing comes through, businesses and resi
dents in the Dry Creek, Sunnyside, and
Wolf Point areas, along with Kah-Nee-Ta
Resort, will have access in the spring
The Internet access has been made
possible thanks to a $695,832 grant the
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
received from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. The grant, part of a $20
million Rural Utilities Service grant, of
which $8.2 million benefits 13 Native
American and Native Alaskan commu
nities, allows communities to install
high-speed broadband Internet.
In addition to making broadband
Internet available to homes and busi
nesses in Warm Springs, the grant al
lows for the construction of a com
munity telecommunications center,
where local residents can check their
email, perform research for homework
projects on the Internet, or check on
the latest news - for no charge.
Having broadband Internet access
at home, though, is a different story.
To access the service, an individual user
will need to have an antenna installed
outside that connects to a computer
inside. The installation will cost around
$500, and with a monthly charge of
$29 and $69, depending on the level
of service each user desires.
"A lot of people have said, 'Great!
We get free Internet,' but it's not free,"
said Lloyd Phillips, general manager of
Eagle Tech Systems, who has overseen
the creation of a network of fiber op
tics within the Warm Springs commu
nity and the installation of a microwave
link from Madras - the infrastructure
for the wireless access to Warm Springs.
"The infrastructure is paid for, but
the bandwidth is not paid for. We have
to buy that and we're going to pass
that on to each subscriber," Phillips said.
The quoted monthly fee is an esti
mate, and Thillips said he hoped to have
wireless access at a bargain rate of $29
for minimum service to a stronger
business-class service at $69.
"In Redmond, I pay $46 (per
month), so (Internet access) is typically
in the 40s. You can pay in the 30s in
some places, some places 50s and foOs,"
Phillips said. "So it's comparably priced."
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