Smoke signals. (Grand Ronde, Or.) 19??-current, February 15, 2012, Page 4, Image 4

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    4 FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Smoke Signals
Peirmaculttuire Design Certification class sGanrts
Almost 40 attended
first session on Feb. 2
By Ron Karten
Smoke Signals staff writer
By 3 p.m. on a sunny Saturday,
Feb. 2, afternoon in Grand Ronde, it
was time for tea in the first Perma
culture Design Certification class
held in Grand Ronde.
The coordinating work of Tribal
and Culture Committee member
Perri McDaniel brought almost 40
into the Tribe's Education Center
and occasionally also out to the
meadows behind the Elders' as
sisted living facilities.
During the "site tour and tea har
vest" section of the class, students
picked western red cedar fronds,
Oregon grape (really a berry bush)
and Douglas fir branches along
with a "small handful" of usnea
(commonly known as tree lichen or
"old man's beard"").
Back in the classroom, Judy Blue
horse Skelton, a Portland State
University faculty member, used
the ingredients to make tea.
"It's good in cold and flu season,"
she said after serving it to the
class.
Also in the field, many were
drawn to the edges of Agency
Creek, where they picked out the
tree that would be perfect for a
tire swing into the water. However,
class leaders Abel Kloster and Tao
Orion, co-directors of Aprovecho, a
Cottage Grove-based research and
education center focusing on creat
ing sustainable communities, also
asked individuals to see nature as
few had done before.
The group was instructed to close
their eyes and examine what could
be learned about the area through
the other senses.
One object of the exercise, Kloster
said, is to be "observing the site
without projecting our ideas on it.
Walk around and let the birds and
the plants tell you about the area
before forming your own opinion.
As the course goes on, we'll go back
to this lesson again and again."
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The 10-week course, held on Satur
days for eight hours a session through
April, leads to a permaculture design
certification, said McDaniel.
The class included some 15 Port
land State students joined by Tribal
and community members. Most
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Tribal members accessed Tribal
continuing education funds to pay
for the class, but Orion and Kloster
encourage potential students not
to miss the class because of cost.
They will try to accommodate all
who are interested. In addition, the
Tribal Social Services Department
has allocated funding to pay for
daycare for any parents interested
in attending.
Photos by Ron Karten
Tribal member Reina Nelson, second
from right, shows some rose hips
to Tao Orion, left, co-director of
Aprovecho, the nonprofit leading
a course in permaculture design.
Behind Tao, partially obscured, is
Tribal member Joseph Grammer.
Tribal Elder and former Culture
Committee Chairperson Kathleen
Provost, center, and her husband,
Don Hendricks, participate during
an exercise aimed at appreciating
nature using senses other than sight.
"This is an awesome course," said
Tribal member and former Culture
Committee Chairwoman Kathleen
Provost. "There is so much more infor
mation than I thought we'd have. And
I'm really happy about the turnout."
The main goal for the class is to
come up with a permaculture de
sign for our lands, said McDaniel.
In the second course, tentatively
scheduled to start in late April,
students will actually implement
the best of the design ideas.
Certification requires 72 hours of
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If you are a Grand Ronde Tribal member, have reached the age of retire
ment (65) or have started to receive Social Security Retirement or disabil
ity benefits through Social Security (SSD), you may be eligible to receive
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or to get enrolled in Medicare Part B, please do the following: call toll-free
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You will need to request an application for enrollment in Medicare Part
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in Medicare Part B through Social Security, you will need to call our office
to request a Medicare Part B Reimbursement packet to apply. As a Grand
Ronde Tribal member, the Tribe will reimburse your Medicare Part B pre
mium each month at the standard rate.
Note: If you are currently on the Skookum Tribal Health Plan it is
required that you accept Medicare Part B when you become eligible. By
not accepting Medicare Part B, your coverage for medical expenses could
be drastically reduced.
If you need a Medicare Part B reimbursement packet sent to you or
have any questions regarding the Tribe's reimbursement program, please
call Reina Nelson in Member Services at 503-879-2223 or toll-free at
1-800-422-0232, ext. 2223. You may call Barbara Steere with questions
regarding our Skookum Tribal Health Plan coverage at 503-879-2487 or
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