The Communications Department coordinates the dissemination of information about CTUIR issues, programs and activities and is responsible for legislative affairs. The Public Affairs Office provides leadership in working with the news media at the local, regional, and national levels and is responsible for producing the Confederated Umatilla Journal (the monthly Tribal newspaper) the web site, and the low power FM radio station being developed. The office also provides public relations and communications advice and assistance to the Board of Trustees and Tribal Staff.
The Legislative Affairs office assists the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees in tracking and analyzing legislation that may affect the CTUIR. The Legislative Coordinator, working with technical and legal staff, is responsible for developing and recommending strategies and actions related to legislation at the state and federal levels.
Other duties include assisting the development of intergovernmental relationships with federal elected officials, state elected officials and their staff that is consistent with the issues or needs identified or policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Legislative Coordinator serves as the primary liaison between the Board of Trustees and CTUIR government consultants at the state and federal level.