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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown visited the Burns Paiute Tribe yesterday. The Governor was joined by Tribal Council Chair Diane Teeman, as well as other Tribal Council members. The Governor toured important Tribal sites including the Old Camp and the Burns Paiute Armory; received a presentation on Northern Paiute (Wadatika Neme) traditional culture; and learned about the Burns Paiute vision for ecosystem wellness.

“I was thrilled to visit the Burns Paiute Reservation,” said Governor Brown. “I want to thank Chair Diane Teeman and the other members of the Tribal Council for hosting me and for allowing me the opportunity to learn about the efforts the Tribe is making to preserve its culture, heritage, and land. I look forward to future opportunities to strengthen Oregon’s long-standing government-to-government relationship with the Burns Paiute Tribe.”

Additional Harney County Visits

While in Burns, the Governor visited the Harney Education Service District’s Early Learning Center. The Governor was given a tour of the campus by Donna Schnitker, the ESD’s early childhood education administrator, joining a learning activity with 4-year olds and their teachers in one of the Center’s several Pre-K classrooms. The Early Learning Center provides preschool and early childhood special education services to 75% of children in the area. Several expanded classrooms on the campus were established through the state’s Preschool Promise program, made possible by funding from the Student Success Act. The Center also coordinates child care supports across Harney and Grant Counties.

The Governor also toured the West Ridge Place affordable housing development in Hines and learned about additional affordable housing projects that are planned in the community and supported with funding from Oregon Housing and Community Services. During the tour, the Governor was joined by Harney County Senior and Community Services Executive Director Angie Lamborn, Harney County Judge Pete Runnels, Harney County Economic Development and members of the Harney County housing committee.

The Governor concluded her visit to Harney County with a tour of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, visiting Benson Pond and the refuge headquarters to discuss the migration, flyways, wetlands, and the important ecological and economic role that bird life and the refuge play in Oregon––as well as the impacts of drought on the refuge. During the tour, the Governor was joined by Refuge Manager Jeff Mackey and Friends of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Board Members Alice Elshoff and William Tweed.

Photos of the event can be found here.

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