Press Statement


For immediate release:      April 9, 2020

Contact: Jiselle Halfmoon, Public Information Officer – Tribal Governance (541) 969-4801


Board of Trustees announces more COVID-19 assistance for Tribal members

MISSION- The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) established a series of assistance programs on April 8, 2020 to help Tribal members who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Initial elements of the Phase I assistance program include:

  • For laid-off or furloughed Tribal members who live in CTUIR Housing, no rent will be charged from April – June.
  • Late fees and evictions in CTUIR Housing will be suspended April – June.
  • Internet service on Reservation will be provided at no cost for 90 days with details about coverage area to be announced soon.
  • Emergency Assistance Program budget has been increased to provide need-based assistance to Tribal members within 75 miles of the Reservation and beyond the 75 mile radius.
  • Food distribution will continue for those in need at the Old Gym parking lot with schedule to follow soon.


“We want to quickly meet the needs of Tribal members and their families. At the same time, we know that needs will change in the coming weeks so these are first steps,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees. “More will follow. We are also in consultation with the federal government about the CARES Act and we will continue to update members as additional help is made available.”


The BOT wants Tribal members to know what types of aid are going to be made available and that other aid will be made available and announced as soon as possible. Details about these programs will be shared on the CTUIR website as soon as they are finalized.


The BOT continues to coordinate relief efforts with the Incident Command Team to ensure community support and resources are made available.


The CTUIR Treaty with the U.S. Government was signed by 36 members of the Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes in 1855. Congress ratified the treaty as 12 Stat. 945, on March 8, 1859.



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