In August Warm Springs Tribal Council adopted regulations for off-reservation hunting. To hunt on ceded lands Tribal members need tribal tags, plus their tribal ID card. The tribal hunting area is limited to federally managed lands, primarily National Forests and BLM lands. Private land hunting is subject to all state hunting laws and requirements. Tags for off-reservation hunting are available at Natural Resources. Regulations are for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, antelope, black bear and cougar. There are four bighorn sheep tags available this year, on a lottery system. You can sign up at the Natural Resources office with the drawing this Friday The Tribal Council Resolution for off reservation hunting and hunting regulations can be found in this week’s Spilyay Tymoo which comes out today.
The Museum At Warm Springs has been awarded a one hundred forty thousand dollar ($140,000) grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The funding will be used to update aging mechanical systems at the Museum and to create a plan to reduce water use. Improvement of the mechanical system will ensure the museum’s collection of artifacts, heirlooms, historical photos and archival records will continue to be maintained in a climate controlled environment.
Warm Springs Tribal Member Mary Bodine is this year’s Hatfield Fellow and will begin working this fall with Congressman Peter DeFazio. She likely will be assigned to work with the House Committee on Natural Resources. Bodine is a 2013 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, where she focused on Environmental Law. She currently works in the Portland BPA office on fish and wildlife issues. Bodine is the granddaughter of Greta Polk and Tommy McDonald. Each year a Hatfield Fellow works with a member of the Oregon Congressional delegation. The goal is to enhance the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C., and Indian Country. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is sponsor of the program. The Hatfield Fellowship was created in 1998 to honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s public service to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Warm Springs Head Start is recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month which is a nationwide recognition of the importance of development, learning, and academic achievement. Research reveals that students with higher absenteeism rates have lower scores on national standardized tests. This infers a connection between school attendance and student achievement and reveals the critical importance of intervening as soon as absences begin to add up, whether early in a child’s school career or at the beginning of the school year. Head Start is celebrating it’s 50th year.