News Release

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will reopen the Nixyaawii Governance Center for employees to return to work on June 15, 2020.

Employees will be required to wear masks when moving throughout the building, reduce their face-to-face interaction with coworkers and have their temperature taken upon entry each morning. Some employees will continue to work from home and some will work on a staggered schedule.

“I want to assure you that every effort has been made to plan for a safe and healthy work environment for everyone. Our goal is to minimize the number of people in close quarters and reduce the spread of any illness to maintain everyone’s good health,” said Ted Wright, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Executive Director in an email to employees on Friday, June 5. “Things will look and feel different when you arrive. By working together to maintain high standards of cleanliness and social distancing, we can continue to be healthy.”

Visitors may only enter the Nixyaawii Governance Center with an appointment to do business in the building. All visitors will have their temperature taken by health personnel using a touchless thermometer and will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Employees are discouraged from scheduling meetings in person and should continue to do phone or video conference meetings when possible until further notice.

The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation issued Resolution 20-028 on March 23, 2020 to establish Stay Home Orders on the Umatilla Reservation and it was later extended with Resolution 20-039 on April 27, 2020. Since that time, most employees have been working from home.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command Team (ICT) appointed a Reopening the Tribes Committee in April to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data. On June 2, the Incident Command Team approved the Reopening Plan.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

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