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November 10, 2005 Vol. 30, No. 23
Coyote News, est 1976
rodeo year for
By Brian Mortcnacn
Clint Bruised Head finished out an
other successful year in Indian circuit
rodeo last month, repeating his tide in
the steer wresting at the Indian National
Finals Rodeo in San Carlos, Ariz., and
winning the year-end all-around cow
boy tide in the Western States Indian
Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Bruised Head, 37, also competed in
some Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association
and Pace Picante Tour events this sea
son, and that has him thinking he could
someday be in pro rodeo's biggest
arena, the PRCA National Finals Ro
deo in Las Vegas.
In addition to winning in steer wres
tling, he just missed a chance to advance
to the Indian National Finals Rodeo in
calf roping, or tie-down roping. At his
last rodeo before the finals, in
Morongo, Calif., he tied for first in
points with two others. With monies
earned in the event through the season
being the next tiebreaker, Bruised Head
was in second by about $30.
He and the other cowboys were of
fered a three-way rope-off, but Bruised
Head said he preferred to go by the
standings, even if it meant declining a
chance to advance to the national fi
nals. "Because we've got to go by the
rules," he said. "The association put
guidelines to the rules to go by, and you
have to go by all those rules and guide
lines first before you jump to conclu
sions on a rope-off."
Even so, Bruised Head said he had
a successful season, competing in about
35 rodeos beginning in the spring. He
also won the Western States Indian
Association year-end title in saddle
bronc riding, as well as in steer wres
tling and the tie in tie-down roping.
"I feel like I accomplished a lot this
year," he said.
Both he and his wife, Sammy, ex
press confidence they could compete
at the PRCA level and perhaps com
pete at the National Finals Rodeo, an
event he's attended and watched cow
boys he's competed against.
Sammy Bruised Head said the name
of the game, along with talent in the
arena, is sponsorship money.
"That is why he's taking applications
for sponsorships to promote, because
he's too good of a cowboy to be sitting
on the sidelines," she said. "And he's
been to a lot of the pro rodeos and
won. He's defeated a lot of world cham
pions, but you won't get anywhere if
you're sitting on the sidelines."
Clint Bruised Head said he looks
forward to the 2007 season when a vic
tory at the Dodge National Circuit Fi
nals Rodeo, held every March in
Pocatello, Idaho, allows the cowboy an
automatic berth at the NFR in Las Ve
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The Veterans Day ceremony in
Warm Springs will begin at 10:30 a.m.,
Friday, Nov. 11 at the memorial stone
by the Courthouse.
Following the ceremony there will be
a parade over to the Agency Longhouse.
At the Longhouse will be presenta
tions followed by lunch. All families
who would like to honor veterans are
welcome, said Eliza Brown Jim, presi
dent of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Any help in the kitchen would also
be gready appreciated, as well as any
donations of food, said Ms. Jim. For
more information she can be reached
Tough budget decision pending
By Dave McMechan
Until the Confederated Tribes
have some significant new source of
revenue, then the focus during bud
get planning has to be on reducing
"Clearly, I'm concerned, because
our available funds have dropped
by $15 million over the past three
years," said Ray Potter, the tribes'
chief financial officer.
In the short run of the next three
to four years, he said, the tribes arc
not expecting to see any new major
source of revenue. After that time
the plan is to begin seeing revenue
By Brian Mortensen
Even a field based on personal
tastes like art needs to be marketed,
to reach the potential buyer, to
make people take a look.
Roberta Wong, an instructor
from the Oregon Native American
Business and Entrepreneurial Net
work (ONABEN) worked recendy
with 10 artists from Warm Springs
on how to create a portfolio for their
work and crafts. The project was part
of the Artists in Business workshop
at the Warm Springs Small Business
Development Center Oct. 26.
"I give them some basic tools that
they can then use to create graphic
art pieces, business cards, brochures,
or to send out to the media and cre
ate a website," Wong, manager of
the Artists in Business Program, said.
The artists learned how to create
a written statement about their craft,
called an artist's statement, and a
separate biographical statement. A
professional photographer then took
images of works the artists brought
to the workshop.
As each artist created these docu
ments, the statements were saved
onto compact disks along with the
photographs. Work Force Develop
ment sponsored most of the 10 art
ists at the workshop. The works in
cluded hand-made regalia, of
leatherwork and beadwork.
The goal for the artists, Wong said,
Historical Society features works by
An exhibit of work by acclaimed
artist Lillian Pitt is on display at the
Oregon Historical Society in Port
land. The exhibit, "Building on the
Frames of My Ancestors," features
new work by Pitt based on the forms
of the Longhouse and salmon dry
ing racks, both elemental structures
in the traditional life of the Colum
bia River Plateau people.
In an artist statement Pitt says,
"The salmon is the iconographic cen
ter of the Columbia River Plateau
food systems. The racks are part of
the subsistence sciences. The racks
are constructed with great care as
all tribal people revere the life of
the salmon tnd their gift of
The exhibit also includes some of
the Pin's pieces on loan from pri-
from the new casino at the Columbia.
"Until then we can only concentrate
on reducing expenditures," said Potter.
Suggesting the need for significant
budget cuts can create some hard feel
ings, "but I'd be negligent in not point
ing this out," said Potter.
Tribal Council on Monday through
Wednesday, Nov. 14-16, is scheduled
for deliberation toward a final balanced
budget for 2006. The General Council
meeting was set for Wednesday evening
of this week (after print deadline for
Early last month Tribal Council ini
tiated the budget discussion with the
posting of a draft 2006 budget. Total
expenditures in the draft were $31.1
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Eileen Spino is ready to have a photo of her art taken by a professional
photographer at the Artists in Business workshop at the Warm Springs
Small Business Development Center Oct. 26. The workshop was put on
by the Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network
is to have a written work to accom- an exhibitor or not, just for creating
pany the artwork for when the pieces provenance about what it is you do
are exhibited, displayed or sold. and establishing that history," Wong
The first priority is simply to docu- said,
ment the work, "regardless, if you are See ARTISTS on page 10
"The other pieces in the show speak
about my ancestors - Wasco, Watlala,
Wishram, Wyampum, Tyghpum, and
Millee-thlama - the petroglyphs and
pictographs, the land, animals and
salmon. All of which are integral of
who I am, a River Person."
In addition to the sculptural pieces,
Building on the Frames of My Ances
million, including $4.6 million in new
initiatives. At the same time revenue
was projected at $26.4 million, for a
deficit of $4.7 million.
A team then drafted a scenario by
which the deficit could be eliminated.
The scenario, though, included die elimi
nation of jobs for 16 tribal members.
Department managers then met to
present an alternative that would keep
all tribal member jobs while reducing
the deficit from $4.7 million to $1.4
Secretary-Treasurer Jody Calica and
Chief Operating Officer Lauraina
I lintsala said this week they appreci
ated the effort by the managers in de
veloping the proposed alternative.
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tors includes masks and works on pa
per. Lillian Pitt grew up on the Warm
Springs Reservation. She moved to
Pordand after high school. She began
taking ceramics classes at Mount Hood
Community College and developed an
expertise in Japanese Raku and
Anagama firing methods.
By the 1990s she was working in
several media, including precious met
als and textile design.
By 2000 she was attracting major
public art commissions including instal
lations at Army Corp of Engineers
Columbia River tribal fishing sites,
TriMet's North Pordand Max Line, the
Oregon Convention Center, and the
Portland State University's Native
American Student Center. She was hon
ored with the Oregon Arts Commis
sion Governor's Award in 1990.
The reserve fund has existed
since the mid 1980s, and grew
steadily until 2001. Since that
time the fund has gone down to
where it was back in 1992.
As the alternative still includes the
$1.4 million projected deficit, a main
question is whether die tribes will spend
money from the revenue reserve, or
rainy day fund in the operation of tribal
government in 2006. The reserve has
existed since the mid 1980s, and grew
steadily until 2001. Since that time the
fund has gone down to where it was
back in 1992, said Potter.
indicts 7 in
(AP) - A federal grand jury indicted
seven Central Oregon residents alleg
edly involved in the sale of a skeleton
taken from an American Indian burial
site, the first charges in an investiga
tion that came to light in January.
The grand jury indictment alleges
that Aaron DcVoe of Bend, Michael
Orf of Redmond and an unidentified
person removed the skeleton and other
artifacts about a decade ago from a
wilderness study area on federal lands
near the confluence of the Crooked,
Deschutes and Metolius rivers.
In February 2004, a government
informant arranged to buy the human
skeleton for $1,000, after haggling the
suspects down from a $15,000 asking
Devoe's brother, Theodore Devoe,
signed a receipt for the sale, the indict
Indicted last month were Orf, the
Devoes and four other people from
Central Oregon who are accused of
playing roles in the scheme. They were
charged with conspiracy to excavate,
remove and sell human remains and
artifacts, damaging government prop
erty, illegal trafficking in human remains
and other charges.
The investigation became known in
January when federal agents executed
22 search warrants in across central and
southeastern Oregon. The agents re
covered thousands of artifacts.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Kent
said that others are likely to be charged.
He said authorities have been in con
tact with tribes about the case, and the
skeleton will be returned to a burial site.
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Above and at left, examples of
masks by Lillian Pitt.
Building on the Frames of My An
cestors will be on display at the Or
egon 1 iistorical Society through March