Tribal Health Commission - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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Tribal Health Commission

In order to ensure and oversee the provision of adequate health care for members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and other persons eligible to receive healthcare services at or through the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk), the CTUIR, through its Board of Trustees, hereby establishes and delegates to the CTUIR Tribal Health Commission (Commission) pursuant to Article VI, §1(c) of the CTUIR Constitution, the powers and duties set forth in this Charter, which powers and duties shall be conducted pursuant to the Constitution of the CTUIR and this Charter.


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. See our Bylaws here.

Commission Members

To reach the Tribal Health Commission contact: Aaron Hines, Chief Executive Officer,

Althea Huesties-Wolf, Chair

Shawna M. Gavin, Vice Chair

Dorothy Cyr, Secretary

Sandra Sampson, BOT Representative

Robin Turk, Member

Dara Williams-Worden, Member

Denise Wickert, Member

Scholarship Opportunity

If you are interested in continuing your education in a health related field, and are a CTUIR Member, we welcome you to apply for a CTUIR Tribal Health Commission Scholarship.  Our application is released annually.


In order to be considered for the Yellowhawk Scholarship, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1. Must be a CTUIR enrolled tribal member.
2. Must be a current senior in high school, or a current college or university student.
3. Current college or university students must have and maintain a 2.5 gpa.
4. Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a healthcare, business, finance, accounting, facilities management, risk management, or a degree that would apply to Yellowhawk operations.


Please contact our HR Department for questions regarding the application,