KWSO News – Thu., Sep. 27, 2018

District Meetings will be held in Warm Springs next week to present information and answer questions about the upcoming February Tribal Referendum to adopt 1980 as the baseline year for determining blood quantum for automatic enrollment.  Monday is the Agency District Meeting, Tuesday – the Seekseequa Meeting and Wednesday the Simnasho Meeting.

Resolution 12,157 says “ In determining the quantum of blood of the Confederated Tribes of an application for enrollment, all the Indian blood of enrollees of the Confederated Tribes as shown on the census roll of 1940, 1960, or 1980 shall be included as the blood of the Confederated Tribes.  Any prospective enrollee whose name did not appear on the 1940, 1960, or 1980 roll shall be considered to have the same blood quantum as his or her full brother or sister whose name did appear on the 1940, 1960, or 1980 census roll.  If there was no brother or sister on the 1940, 1960, or 1980 census roll, the enrollee’s blood quantum will be determined by the blood quantum of his or her ancestors whose name or names appeared on the 1940, 1960, or 1980 or prior census rolls.  When parents adopt a child, only the Indian blood of the Confederated Tribes derived through the natural parent, or parents, shall be included and the blood of the adoptive parent or parents shall not be included”

At the time the resolution was presented in Tribal Council Chambers, the three Simnasho representatives called for a referendum of the people:  The referendum question will be: “Should Resolution 12,157 determining the blood quantum for the purpose of automatic enrollment be approved?  Yes  or No


The Bend Bulletin is discontinuing home delivery of the Bulletin in Warm Springs, effective next Monday.  This decision is a result of financial restrictions, distance – mileage and lack of carriers.  Bulletin subscribers have the option of having the paper mailed to them or an online subscription is also available.


As it initiates the process of launching a presidential candidate search, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding a series of public forums next Monday and Tuesday at multiple locations across its district to get a cross-sectional view on envisioning the ideal candidate.   On Sept. 5, COCC’s current president, Dr. Shirley Metcalf, announced she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.  The public can offer input Monday (10/1/18) from 9 to 10 a.m. at the COCC Madras Campus – – 11 a.m. to noon at COCC’s Crook County Open Campus – -1:30 to 2:30 the  COCC Redmond campus, Technology Education Center and 4 to 5 p.m., at the Deschutes Public Library.  On Tuesday they will have a session from 10-11am at LaPine City Hall.


Cascades East Transit celebrates its 10-year anniversary and the Oregon Drive Less challenge with free transit Tuesdays on October 2nd and 9th.   Cascade East Transit is part of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council which was designated a Council of Governments in 1972.   COIC provides service to the counties of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson as well as to the cities of Bend, Culver, La Pine, Madras, Metolius, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, and Warm Springs. Cascades East Transit, operated by COIC, runs a fixed-route service in Bend, community connector shuttles, general public Dial-A-Ride services in Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Sisters, and Madras, flex-route service in Warm Springs, as well as recreational routes like Ride the River, Ride Bend, and the Mt. Bachelor shuttle.


The start of influenza season is around the corner. Oregon Health Authority officials say it’s a good time for families to schedule appointments to get flu vaccines. The vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal, Oregon Health Authority disease and vaccine experts say. While it’s difficult to know exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, they say getting a flu shot is the best way to prepare for however it shapes up.