Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon


The city of Pendleton and the tribes have entered into a water-rights agreement after years of negotiations. Pendleton Mayor Robert Ramig said the city received a signed agreement from Antone Minthorn, chairman of the tribe's Board of Trustees. The key points of the agreement involve where the city takes its water out of the Umatilla River and how much it is allowed to remove during different water flows. "Locally, we think its a win-win situation,'' Ramig said. "They're allowing us to bring our point of diversion as close to our water treatment site as possible.'' The tribe's agreement made it likely that the city would get permission from the Legislature to change the city's point of diversion or withdrawal in the Umatilla River, along with securing exclusive use of the water from the north fork of the river.