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Despite early jump on COVID-19, tribes lose a brother and a son

Near Herculean efforts by tribal government to contain the spread of COVID-19 weren’t enough to save Michael Gavin, a 39-year-old member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who died Aug. 7, some 17 months after the Tribes initially declared a state of emergency. Gavin was the second CTUIR member to die of COVID-19. His uncle was the first.




The Jingle Dress Project brings its healing message to Haystack Rock

A group of Native American women from Utah have spent the past year promoting healing across the U.S. by dancing in what’s called a jingle dress. The garment — which makes a distinctive rustling cascade when in motion — hearkens back to another crisis, the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. KLCC recently caught up with the performers of the Jingle Dress Project, as they toured the Pacific Northwest.




Umatilla Indian Reservation removes pot housing barrier

The Tribes announced this week that they amended their housing department’s drug elimination policy to allow tribal members to test positive for marijuana during the application process, The East Oregonian reported.


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