KWSO News 9/20/19

Warm Springs Tribal Council was in session this week on Tuesday.  There heard Budget Presentations: from Indian Head Casino & the Travel Plaza, Warm Springs Housing Authority, Warm Springs Credit Enterprise, Human Resources & the Secretary-Treasurer.  Council met again on Wednesday.  They discussed Kah-Nee-Ta Proposals, and heard more budget presentations from Administrative Services, Tribal Court, G&A, Debt Service, A Place For Kids, Capital Projects, Election Committee, Tribal Council, Council Support, Finance and Tribal Gatherings.  Tribal Gatherings is a budget call back to discuss possible reductions.

Summaries from this week and also earlier in the month are available here:

The 2020 Census kicks off on April 1st next year.  Folks will self-report for the census – filling in a paper form that will be brought by your home, or you can also self-report online or by telephone.  The Census matters to Tribes because there are federal dollars at stake according to James Tucker, an attorney from Nevada, who is a member of the Census National Advisory Committee.  He says ”It’s been calculated that on average for every person who is not counted in the tribe or their state is going to lose $3000 per person.”  The top 16 federal programs use census data for funding and block grants.  Tucker says “If you are not counted, you do not exist for purposes of those federal grants and you are hurting your tribe.”

Newly-released scores show Oregon schools have recorded their poorest performance in the five-year history of Oregon’s current reading, writing and math tests this spring. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the scores released Thursday indicate only 40% of students across grades three through eight have mastered math and just over half can read and write proficiently.

In Prep Sports –

  • Madras Volleyball lost in LaPine yesterday
  • Madras Boys Soccer beat Mazama 3-1 yesterday afternoon
  • Lady White Buffalo Soccer also beat Mazama 3-1 yesterday
  • Madras Football plays at Ranier tonight
  • Cross Country travels to Seaside tomorrow.