"The water crisis prompts not only health concerns among Warm Springs community members, but creates a deep-seated anxiety about the viability of building a life on the reservation. In May, a burst pipe led to a cascade of infrastructure failures and the reservation has been without safe drinking water all summer. With a reservation population of 4,295, it’s likely it will cross the 5 percent threshold this week. In May, a burst pipe led to a cascade of infrastructure failures. While this is a large amount and likely more than the Chúush Fund will raise, every dollar counts so the Tribe so they can take action now. The link to use for direct donations is https://mrgfoundation.org/donate-the-chuush-fund-water-for-warm-springs/. SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the Warm Springs Reservation goes without safe drinking water into the fourth week, Oregon state lawmakers have approved millions in emergency funding for repairs. At an ad-hoc water distribution center on the reservation, she does heavy lifting, organizes supplies, and helps keep mobile showers clean. Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer, and some people have no running water at all. At that point, MRG will send those funds over to the Tribe. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday to improve water … While this is a large amount and likely more than the Chúush Fund will raise, every dollar counts so the Tribe so they can take action now. The people of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs—the largest Indian reservation in the state of Oregon—are now in the second year of a devastating water crisis due to a series of pressure breaks in their community water lines. The Chúush: Water for Warm Springs Campaign accepts contributions that will directly assist the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in restoring access to and infrastructure for clean water. MRG Foundation transfers the total amount in the fund to the Tribe each month. If you missed our blog about the work we are leading across the NW here it is. The people of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs—the largest reservation in the state of Oregon—are now in the second year of a devastating water crisis due to a series of pressure breaks in key community water lines. The implementing provisions set forth plans for management of the quality of waters including establishing water quality standards for surface waters on lands under the jurisdiction of the Tribe. So, rather than treat the Tribe—a sovereign nation—as if it were any other grantee, we decided to approach Tribal leadership about setting up the Chúush Fund. • Within the community, the Tribal government provides a variety of services, including education, public safety, utilities, health, resource management, business development and recreation. If you are interested in donating stock gifts please contact Dena Zaldúa, our Development Director at dena@mrgf.org or 503-289-1517. Who started the Facebook campaign for Water for Warm Springs? The Chúush Fund was established in August of 2019 in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation at that time. hide caption. hide caption. Fifteen-year-old Cajun-Rain Scott giggled as she tried to cup it in her hands. Many Warm Springs residents have … In 1955 the Tribes approved the building of the first powerhouse, the Pelton Dam. Below are some resources to familiarize yourself and learn more about The Chúush Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: MRG Mailing Address: The Warm Springs Reservation is one of the last holdouts in the U.S. of speakers of the Chinook Jargon because of its utility as an intertribal language. Some people don’t have running water at all. Some people don’t have running water at all. What does that mean? She said her main job, though, is being a leader, supervising youth workers as they work out of an old grade school building. Emily Cureton . P.O. A Warm Springs tribal member started the Facebook campaign. Meanwhile, federal agencies have been slow to commit money toward long-term solutions, though the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to fine the Tribe nearly $60,000 a day, if it doesn't make repairs by October. The overall current estimates to fully repair are $200 million. A Warm Springs tribal member started the Facebook campaign. Box 515, 4202 Holliday St, Warm Springs, OR 97761 Ph: (541) 615-0853 It's where she was once a student. With your support we can: Provide financial empowerment training, homeownership education, and other types of training and education enabling Warm Springs community members, particularly our lower income community members, to build assets and achieve their … What’s in The Chúush Fund Memorandum of Understanding between the Tribe and MRG Foundation? The forms of the Jargon used by elders in Warm Springs vary considerably from the heavily-creolized form at Grand Ronde. Mobile sinks and showers set up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. To do that, we know we must partner with those who have been here since time immemorial. We invite you to escape to another nation. How much money has been raised since The Chúush Fund was established? The communities of Warm Springs are now in the second year of a devastating water emergency due to a series of pressure breaks in key community water lines. The Chúush Fund was established in August of 2019 in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation at that time. “Normal consumption of potable water can resume,” said Wells. ", A Water Crisis Is Growing In A Place You'd Least Expect It. The preschool where she teaches shut down when the water system failed. Kate Brown's office. The center runs on donations, and it might distribute 3,000 gallons of water a day, plus other supplies like bleach wipes, plastic plates, utensils, and commodes, said Danny Martinez, emergency manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The Warm Springs tribal government has also tangled with the Bureau of Indian Affairs over responsibility for the reservation’s water delivery system. Provisions of the Warm Springs Water Management Plan". Legislation follows serious water issues on Warm Springs Reservation. The latest round of failures will have to be fixed before water can flow to the central Warm Springs area, where tribal government, a clinic and many businesses are based, according to KWSO, a radio station owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. In May, a burst pipe led to a cascade of infrastructure failures and the reservation has been without safe drinking water all summer. The emergency water distribution center on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation serves as many as 900 people a day. Please help the Warm Springs Community Action Team and the community members we serve by making a tax-deductible gift today. “…as soon as crews replaced one critical stretch of pipe…a different water line broke and a pressure valve blew, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water. The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer, and some people have no running water at all. Warm Springs Reservation is inhabited by nearly 4,500 tribal members, most of whom live in or around the town of Warm Springs. The Warm Springs tribal government has also tangled with the Bureau of Indian Affairs over responsibility for the reservation’s water delivery system. “The water conditions at the Warm Springs Reservation are morally repugnant and they are the direct result of years and years of failure of the U.S. government to uphold its treaty rights.” While Wyden and Merkley seek a vehicle for the big infrastructure bill, the federal government has released two grants to Warm Springs. For example: If the donor chooses not to pay the fee, MRG will cover it so that Warm Springs receives the full $50. Furthermore, MRG is covering up to $5,000 in credit card and/or PayPal fees for donations made to the Chúush Fund. Are there other ways to give if I want to avoid fees? And as long as systemic racism, settler colonization, and oppression continue to harm the health and safety of Tribal citizens at Warm Springs, none of us will enjoy the freedom we deserve. We’re not gonna lie—it helps to have Indigenous women leaders with strong organizing experience as a part of your organizational and board leadership. Thurby was furloughed. What does that even mean? In the meantime, the bottled water distribution center continues to serve as many as 900 people a day. 19 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on the reservation last week, making the lack of water and low water pressure even more urgent. The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer. To donate by check, please send a check made out to “MRG Foundation” with “Water for Warm Springs” in the Notes line, to: PO Box 12489, Portland, OR 97212. Tribal and federal officials have said the repairs underway now could potentially restore drinking water in Warm Springs by the end of the month, but that deadline has already been extended several times. Those dollars are collected via Facebook, processed through Network for Good, held for a period of time (usually around two months), and then delivered to the Chúush Fund held at MRG. Emily Cureton. An elder allowed OPB to photograph it during a boil water notice, June 6, 2019. The best way to give is directly through the MRG portal or directly through MRG Foundation, as donations made through Facebook Fundraisers can take up to two months to reach us—and the Tribe needs financial support now. At MRG we don’t aim to be around in perpetuity, we aim to be around as long as there is still a fight to achieve justice for our communities. When donors make a donation to the Chúush Fund, they can pay the administrative 3% fee themselves or can pass the fee to the Fund. That leaves around 4,000 people improvising for survival. "Butterflies keep coming around me," she said, adding: "That's good... That means change. At that point, MRG will send those funds over to the Tribe. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs issued a boil water notice June 25 after drinking water system failures left some residents with no running water at all, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. The amount is about half of what a Republican state representative from The Dalles, Ore., said he first proposed adding to an omnibus bill. The system has broken down on multiple occasions in recent years, forcing residents to boil water or collect water jugs from an emergency distribution center. The two most important aspects of the MOU that established the Chúush Fund are: The Chúush Fund may be used by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to respond to and alleviate the crisis for the provision of clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation, including paying for infrastructure improvements as well as paying for interim measures. We are not sure what fees (if any) Network for Good will take, but MRG has committed to take $0 fees for hosting the fund. Warm Springs stockpiled 32,000 gallons of water for distribution to residents of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation on Friday, July 3, 2020. This number includes some donations made to any Facebook Fundraisers. How is The Chúush Fund related to Indigenizing Philanthropy? WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) — Residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have been advised to boil water before using it because of a break in the water delivery system. Since it was established in August 2019 The Chúush Fund has raised over $467,597 for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (as of September 31, 2020). Tell me more about Indigenizing Philanthropy! At first, supply donations from all over the Pacific Northwest poured in. To do that, we know we must partner with those who have been here since time immemorial. It was approved by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council by resolution and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tribe and MRG Foundation. About halfway between Bend and Portland, dissected by Highway 26, is a Native America reservation home to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. On a warm morning there last Friday, two teenage volunteers took a break from hauling water around, to chase a yellow butterfly. That leaves around 4,000 people improvising for an essential human need. Since Time Immemorial Fund Grantmaking Committee, Rapid Response Grants for Current Grantees, Critical Race Theory and Movement Building, Governance, Operations and Finance Management, Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise, After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, https://mrgfoundation.org/donate-the-chuush-fund-water-for-warm-springs/, The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs Webinar. To donate by check, please send a check made out to “MRG Foundation” with “Water for Warm Springs” in the Notes line, to: PO Box 12489, Portland, OR 97212. The two most important aspects of the MOU that established the Chúush Fund are: MRG says they’ll cover the fees up to $5,000. Nationally, the Indian Health Service has found Native people are nine times more likely to lack access to safe water. Over 60% of Warm Springs residents do not have regular, consistent access to clean water for personal or domestic use. People without transportation carry what they can, organizers said. "I'll go back to being a teacher, hopefully, after this is done," said Dorothea Thurby, a volunteer emergency manager, whose days now revolve around a disaster. A sign at the Warm Springs Market directs people on the reservation to emergency water supplies, June 29, 2019. We invite you to visit Warm Springs. Warm Springs has been hard hit by COVID-19, with three deaths and 192 reported cases. Mobile sinks and showers set up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The Chúush Fund was established in August of 2019 in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation at that time. For thousands of Indigenous people of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, basic resources like water have been at the top of their wish lists for a while. On May 31, 2019, the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved an emergency disaster declaration due to immediate health threats resulting from a 14” water main line break in the Shitike Creek. We are not sure what fees (if any) Network for Good will take, but MRG has committed to take $0 fees for hosting the fund. WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — About halfway between Bend and Portland, dissected by Highway 26, is a Native America reservation home to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The best way to give is directly through the MRG portal or directly through MRG Foundation, as donations made through Facebook Fundraisers can take up to two months to reach us—and the Tribe needs financial support now. In an unusual move, the Oregon legislature stepped in this summer, earmarking $7.8 million in lottery bonds for water and sewer projects on the reservation. How was The Chúush Fund established? Those dollars are collected via Facebook, processed through Network for Good, held for a period of time (usually around two months), and then delivered to the Chúush Fund held at MRG. Emily Cureton/OPB As Emma Lazarus said, “None of us is free until we are all free.”. Firefighters can't count on hydrants to work, Martinez said, and "the sprinkler system, the cooling systems, air-conditioning systems, the restrooms, the toilets, everything is affected by lack of water.". If you missed our blog about the work we are leading across the NW here it is. Indigenizing Philanthropy is the process of doing our work in the philanthropic sector in ways that respect and uphold Tribal sovereignty and centers Tribal people in solutions to the social and systemic challenges faced by Tribes and Tribal communities. In May, a burst pipe led to a cascade of infrastructure failures. But I can't do that now because I'm helping the community, and that's more important than skateboarding, so I'd rather be doing this than that. View Slideshow 5 of 5. Portland, OR 97212, Get the latest news and updates from MRG Foundation, “, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 20, 2019. "Although [Warm Springs is] a sovereign nation, they are also my constituents," said Rep. Daniel Bonham. Yes, if you want to avoid fees you can donate by check – make your check to MRG Foundation and write “The Chúush Fund” in the memo and mail it to: MRG Foundation, P.O. Warm Springs Reservation: Address, Phone Number, Warm Springs Reservation Reviews: 4/5 Warm Springs Power Enterprises is responsible for managing the Tribes interest in the largest hydroelectric project within the State of Oregon: The Pelton/Round Butte Hydroelectric Project located on the Deschutes River. With our commitment to pay up to $5,000 in fees, MRG can cover the fees of $166,000 in donations. To donate by check, please send a check made out to “MRG Foundation” with “Water for Warm Springs” in the Notes line, to: PO Box 12489, Portland, OR 97212. P.O. . So, rather than treat the Tribe—a sovereign nation—as if it were any other grantee, we decided to approach Tribal leadership about setting up the Chúush Fund. ", She said summer normally means "having fun with my friends and skateboarding. For example: The Chúush Fund” in the memo and mail it to: MRG Foundation, P.O. Still, the state lottery bonds won't pay out until 2021, according to Oregon Gov. These funds may not be used for any purposes not allowed by law under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Emily Cureton /OPB The overall current estimates to fully repair are $200 million. The Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer. "But they're all hoping that it's resolved today," Martinez said, "And so, when I call them back, they're kind of puzzled by it...You mean you still don't have water, Dan? It is the land of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute Native American Tribes, stretching from the snowcapped summit of the Cascade Mountains to the palisaded cliffs of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. Box 12489 Portland, OR  97212. Because of public utilities capital maintenance deferment over the last few decades, today, over a year into rolling water outages and a boil water notice across Oregon’s largest reservation, there is still no relief in sight. It … View Slideshow 4 of 5. When a water main broke on May 31, 2019, in Shitike Creek, it left the Warm Springs Reservation without water for 76 days. This natural spring on the Warm Springs reservation is a drinking water source for many tribal members. "I wish we could make something better out of this place, but right now we have to store all of our water in here," Thurby said. How can I find out more about The Chúush Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs? How much is needed to fix the infrastructure? Warm Springs Reservation: Address, Phone Number, Warm Springs Reservation Reviews: 4/5 “This is a worst-case scenario,” said Warm Springs Chief Operating Officer Alyssa Macy. Water stored in an … It was approved by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council by resolution and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tribe and MRG Foundation. It was approved by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council by resolution and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tribe and MRG Foundation. This number includes some donations made to any Facebook Fundraisers. SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the Warm Springs reservation goes without safe drinking water into the fourth week, Oregon state lawmakers have approved millions in emergency funding for repairs. Meanwhile, largely unused port-a-potties have lined the streets all month, braced for things to get worse.” – “After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs“, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 20, 2019. The Chúush Fund has raised over $467,597 for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (as of September 31, 2020). MRG Foundation does not receive any fees for administering the fund. The emergency water distribution center on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation serves as many as 900 people a day. Read more here: “Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise“, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 30, 2020. Box 12489 We’re not gonna lie—it helps to have Indigenous women leaders with strong organizing experience as a part of your organizational and board leadership. It … When donors make a donation to the Chúush Fund, they can pay the administrative 3% fee themselves or can pass the fee to the Fund. ", The list of worries goes on. At MRG we don’t aim to be around in perpetuity, we aim to be around as long as there is still a fight to achieve justice for our communities. Box 12489 Portland, OR  97212. MRG Foundation transfers the total amount in the fund to the Tribe each month. What is the best way to donate money to Warm Springs? In partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, MRG Foundation is proud to present The Chúush Fund, which accepts contributions from foundations and individuals to directly benefit the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water. 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