News Stories for Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

The Warm Springs Early Childhood Education Center is closed today and for the remainder of the week as they continue to deal with facility issues.  An official memo will be issued today with details for staff and families.

Heart of Oregon YouthBuild is participating in the “Make a Difference Day” today doing a  service project in Warm Springs at:  Quinn Park across from the community center, along Shitike Creek, around the ball fields, at the Tribal Admin Building and at High Lookee Lodge.  Many of the Youth Build members are from Warm Springs.     The Heart of Oregon Corps’ YouthBuild program works to inspire and empower positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education, and stewardship.

An American Indian activist and former U.S. congressional candidate in North Dakota accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says he’ll seek to present a “necessity defense” — justifying a crime by arguing it prevented a greater harm.  Chase Iron Eyes has pleaded not guilty to inciting a riot and criminal trespassing. He could face more than five years in prison if convicted at trial in February. The pipeline has since begun carrying oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.  Pipeline protesters who try the necessity defense typically argue that the greater harm is climate change. Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, says he hopes to show that civil disobedience was his only option to resist a pipeline’s incursion on his ancestral lands.  A judge will hear arguments Nov. 3.

The Madras Maiden -B-17 Flying Fortress has been on tour with the Liberty Foundation for 9 months traveling the United States with their “Salute to Veterans” tour. The Madras Maiden’s final tour stop will be in Madras on Monday, November 13th between 10 and 11am. The Liberty Foundation will be selling rides to the public, cost per seat is $450.00 and the Erickson Aircraft Collection will be hosting a barbecue for visitors.

In prep soccer yesterday the Madras White Buffalo Boys team claimed the Tri Valley League title for the second consecutive year with a 8-0 win over Crook County.  The White Buffalos have 11 wins on the season and 2 ties overall – they are 8-0-2 in league play.  They automatically qualify for a first round playoff game that they will host on November first against an opponent that is yet to be determined.

The Lady White Buffalo also qualify for the Soccer post season as the #3 team in the Tri Valley League.  Madras finished the season with a 3-1 win over Crook County yesterday.  That combined with losses by Corbett and Estacada gets the girls into a play in game.  The team is 4-5-3 overall and will host Yamhill-Carlton in a play in game on or before Saturday.