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CTUIR penalties are stronger than the state’s

Flag of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Photo via the CTUIR website.

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is not just paying attention to Gov. Kate Brown’s closure order; officials are taking it one step further. Acting Communications Director Jane Hill says penalties for noncompliance on the reservation are higher than the state’s.

“Any person in violation is subject to a penalty of up to 365 days in jail and a fine of $5,000,” Hill said.

CTUIR has closed down Wildhorse Resort and Casino, both of its golf courses, and the Long House. Hill says Arrowhead Travel Plaza and Mission Market are still open because they provide essential services to the residents. Mission Market is operating on a drive-through only basis.

People in violation of the order could be stopped by Umatilla Tribal Police officers, Hill said.

The Umatilla Indian Reservation is a sovereign nation and sets its own policies instead of being under the domain of the state of Oregon. Hill said the Board of Trustees acted swiftly when the state edict was announced.

“They issued an order that requires people to be in compliance with the state order, and in addition it sets out a number of other requirements,” she said.


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