About Yellowhawk - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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About Yellowhawk

Welcome to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

Yellowhawk provides high-quality, primary healthcare for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and other eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the service area, which includes Umatilla and Union counties in Northeastern Oregon.

 

Yellowhawk operates a 64,000 square feet facility that encompasses many programs and services such as, primary health care, pharmacy, dental services, behavioral health and community wellness.

 

Yellowhawk has been owned and governed by the CTUIR since 1996. Yellowhawk is more than healthcare clinic; it operates as a non-profit organization that offers an array of programs and services to its community. The CTUIR Tribal Health Commission, Yellowhawk’s governing body, is comprised of local tribal members as well as one CTUIR Board of Trustees representative. The Health Commission creates policies (subject to the Board of Trustees’ approval) and works closely with the Executive Management Team to develop strategy at the beginning of each year for Yellowhawk’s success.

 

Yellowhawk promotes the wellness of Tribal members and other eligible patients through a Patient-Centered Medical Home, which includes providing and coordinating medical and dental services, mental and behavioral health counseling services, health promotion, disease and substance abuse prevention, community education and training to its patients.

The Yellowhawk Story

Yellowhawk staff members are often asked by visitors how the health center was named. Mitzi Rodriguez, one of our long-term employees, tells this story: “Piitamyanon Maqsmaqs”, which translates into Yellow Hawk, was a Cayuse Chief. He was the last surviving brother among the Cayuse men in the 1850s. As such, Yellow Hawk took on the chieftainship and signed the Treaty of 1855 on behalf of the Paszapu Band of Cayuse.

 

This Cayuse group was later removed from the Walla Walla Valley and relocated to the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which included the Walla Walla and Umatilla Tribes. Yellow Hawk was survived by his son Phillip Minthorn whose daughters, Anna Cash Cash Minthorn Wannassay (my grandmother), was on the original health committee. Before the tribe assumed ownership and management of the Umatilla Service Unit, the Indian Health Service approached Anna’s family about an appropriate name for the health clinic. Anna’s family chose the name Yellowhawk for the clinic in honor of Cayuse Elder Anna Cash Cash Minthorn.

Department Colors

Yellowhawk was designed with departmental colors for easy navigation of the building. Each color represents a plant of our traditional food. The color concept was adapted to follow the order of CTUIR First Foods.

 

The Cayuse/Nez Perce, Umatilla and Walla Walla languages have been incorporated into the new clinic.

Pyaxí (Green)
Lewisia Redivia

Administration
Patient Registration
Behavioral Health

Xáwš (Yellow)
Desert Parsley

Pharmacy
Medical
Lab / X-Ray
Maternal Child Health
WIC

Xmáaš (Blue)
Blue Camas

Optometry
Audiology

Tmis (Red)
Chokecherry

Facilities
Staff Lounge
Dental

Wíwnu (Purple)
Huckleberry

Community Wellness
Prevention
Physical Therapy
Complementary Medicine