Bob Shippentower, a trustee of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is in an intensive care unit in Reno, Nev., according to the tribes’ deputy executive director, Debra Croswell.

Hospital staff Friday said Shippentower was in stable condition.

Croswell said Shippentower was visiting family in California when he became ill. “It appears his kidneys were shutting down,” she said.

An emergency flight Wednesday took Shippentower to Renown Regional Medical Center, the Reno-area trauma center.

Shippentower is on a ventilator to help him breathe and regularly undergoing dialysis, Croswell said, and he may have had pneumonia, which would have weakened his system.

“He has his family with him, and it looks like at least (Friday) he’s doing a bit better,” she said.

Shippentower has been a board member off and on since the mid 1990s. He is a 1964 graduate of Pendleton High School and is a Vietnam War veteran. He used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Oregon, where he graduated in 1982.

His sister Rosenda Shippentower, also a tribal board member, was at a conference in San Diego when she heard about her brother, Croswell said. Rosenda Shippentower flew to Reno, arriving Wednesday evening or early Thursday.

Rosenda Shippentower plans to return home this weekend, Croswell said, but it’s not known when the hospital will release Bob Shippentower.

Nine members serve on the CTUIR Board of Trustees, the Tribes’ governing body, which meets Mondays to conduct business. Croswell said a quorum consists of five members. The board has one vacancy now, she said, but even if both the Shippentowers were absent, there are enough members for a quorum.

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Contact Phil Wright at pwright@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0833.

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