BOT issues statement regarding Tribal member participation in Pendleton Round up & Happy Canyon

Posted by Jiselle Halfmoon on 9/10/2021 12:00:00 PM




September 10, 2021


The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has been monitoring local public health conditions related to COVID-19 and have had discussions with the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Board of Directors regarding safety mitigation plans for the events and activities involving tribal participation during Round-Up week. 


Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon are not events the CTUIR has the responsibility to produce nor the authority to cancel.


The Board of Trustees has issued recommendations to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Board of Directors that the Board of Trustees believe would enable tribal participation to occur in the safest form possible.


The Board of Trustees wants CTUIR Tribal Members to continue to practice COVID-19 safety guidance and recommendations that are in place.  Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and often, social distance whenever possible, and wear a mask.


The Board of Trustees realizes that some people will not feel comfortable participating or attending Round-Up events this year and that there are also people who are looking forward to Round-Up and are eager to participate. This is a personal choice. However, personal choices have the potential to cause repercussions for entire communities, so we again ask everyone to take safety precautions this year during Round-Up and please take into consideration the health and safety of your friends, families, and loved ones and be respectful for fellow community members as you decide whether or how to participate this year.


Thank you.