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    Smoke Signals 13
MAY 15, 2012
Request for Proposals
ArchitecturalEngineering Services
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Women's Transition House Renovation and Addition
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde wishes to retain an
ArchitecturalEngineering team to perform planning and design
services for a Women's Transition House Renovation and Addition
project. The Tribe plans to renovate an existing 2,280 sq. ft. house
and construct a 1,560 sq. ft. addition to the home. It is anticipated
that the existing house will include the kitchen, dining rooms, a
living room, family room and 3 or 4 bedrooms. The addition will
include 4 or 5 bedrooms, a storage room, a large laundry room, an
adult lounge room, and additional bathrooms.
The project is funded by a HUD Indian Community Development
Block Grant. Indian preference applies to Indian-owned economic
enterprises or organizations.
Electronic copies of the RFP documents are available by e-mail-ing
Jesse White at or calling 503-879-2404.
For all income criteria programs, wage verification for past 60 days
(wage stubs) will need to be submitted. If client has not worked for a
period of time, client will need to submit a printout from their State
Employment Office or printout from Oregon Self-Sufficiency Office
as verification of income. Rentaldeposit or utility assistance may
be utilized only one time in a 24-month rolling calendar period and
is not to exceed the maximum contribution of $1,000 per household
within any 24-month rolling calendar period.
Medical Gas Vouchers
Social Services will not provide gas vouchers for medical appoint
ments, counseling or drug & alcohol treatment. The only exception to
this is for scheduled treatment plans, (i.e.: radiation, chemotherapy,
surgery, etc.) and has caused hardship on the family, medical gas
vouchers can be distributed to meet the need of the circumstances. A
copy of all scheduled treatment plans must be received before client
is eligible to receive this service. Assistance will end on the date of "
the last treatment appointment.
For a complete copy of policy or questions, please contact Tammy
C. Garrison at 503-879-2077.
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surgical intervention to keep their
limb(s), but the surgery can be
intensive and painful. Inatye falls
into the latter category. He has
enough of a tibia present that at
age 9, he still has his left leg.
"So far he has undergone four
procedures (a total of eight different
surgeries) and has many more to
go. One of these procedures was a
painful Umb-lengthening procedure
that lasted most of his kindergarten
year he will have another in a
few years. The latest a femoral
bone graft and Achilles tendon
lengthening took all of second
grade (last year) to recover. In fact,
this time last year he was just get
ting out the wheelchair and using a
walker to get around at school.
"He has worked very hard to
recover and regain his strength
(and his doctor at Shriner's has
recently given him a year off sur
gery since he is doing so well). His
knee and ankle on his left leg are
not completely formed joints like
most of the rest of us have, and he
has much less muscle mass in the
left leg."
Despite all of that, Inatye decided
to run in the Awesome 3000 in Sa
lem, something he has never been
able to do before.
"We have beeh training for a
couple months and he is now up to
handling the 2K that the kids in
his grade run," Donna wrote. "He
is certainly not the fastest runner,
and won't finish first, but I know he
will finish and that is such a HUGE
step from where he has come from
... having his first surgery at 10
months old."
Inatye said his leg "hurt a little
bit (during the race), but not too
much. It started hurting a lot more
a couple feet from the track."
Still, he walked and ran the race to
the finish with his best friend, Zinn
Morton, who said the race was "Great.
I walked most of it." Morton also
stopped to tie his shoes three times
and Inatye jumped on the opportunity
to get ahead, though they came in
pretty close together at the end.
With a brace on his leg, Inatye
just about sprinted the last me-
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Photo by Michelle Alaimo
Tribal members David Lewis, left, Cultural Resources Department manager,
and his sons Inatye Lewis, 9, middle, and Saghaley Lewis, 1 1, pose for their
wife and mother, respectively, Donna Lewis to take a photo of them after the
children completed the Awesome 3000 race.
ters and when he came through
the finish line and out to the area
reserved for parents to meet their
kids, Donna, David and Inatye's
brother, Saghaley, 11, also a Tribal
member, who ran an earlier race,
were all there. The success shined
on all their faces.
The race took the boys through a
trail in Bush's Pasture Park before
entering the track at McCulloch
Stadium, and Inatye said the boys
got lost once momentarily, but
there was someone there to help
set them straight.
In fact, some 400 volunteers
made this 30-year-old race, this
year hosting some 3,300 children
and their families on top of that,
run smoothly. The runners (and
walkers) staged in the center of
the track in groups, and from the
stands you could hear one after an
other rising up and screaming.
"They would say, 'We can't hear
you,' " Inatye said of the group
leaders, who urged them on to yell,
"Third Grade!" when it was time.
Each of the groups yelled their
grade or age group, but you could
not tell what they were yelling from
the stands. And nobody seemed to
care, either. The real deal was the
natural connection between run
ners and families.
"I saw my parents up in the
stands," Inatye said. "The third
grade had the biggest group. We
were the best group."
It was controlled mayhem, with
smiles and tears and excitement
and gentle security everywhere.
Some came through the finish line
with a "that was easy" look on their
faces or lips. A few came through
with new ace bandages on their
wrists and tears running down
their cheeks. Nowhere was there an
emphasis on winning these races.
Nobody was held up as first or
second. All were winners receiving
certificates and participation med
als from the day. Some who entered
an essay contest won scholarships
to college.
This was the first year Inatye
participated and the first time he
brought home a medal.
"All the kids wear their medals at
school," he said, "and I was always
mad because I couldn't get one." He
wore this year's medal around his
neck at the end of the race.
As if the morning's run were
not enough, each of the brothers
participated the day before in a
jog-a-thon at Swegle Elementary
School, where both Lewis boys at
tend, to raise funds for the school.
Inatye walked and ran 1.5 miles
and Saghaley two miles.
Speaking of Inatye, David said,
"I owe him $24 dollars. I promised
him $4 a lap and he did six laps."
A 30-year-old institution in Sa
lem, the Awesome 3000 is sponsored
by the Salem Keizer Education
Inatye and Saghaley are not
the only Lewises to have run this
non-race. Nearly 30 years ago,
David's sister, Tribal member Patti
Schmitt, also participated.
In the minutes before the race,
Inatye needed his inhaler, and
Donna ran from the stands, with a
security volunteer, to make sure he
had it before the race.
The morning races were over well
before noon, but the day had just
begun for the Lewis kids. They were
headed, afterwards, to Cold Stone
Creamery, then to "The Avengers"
movie, and the next day to Powell's
on Burnside in Portland for the
release of the 2012 "Honoring Our
Rivers Student Anthology" that fea
tured one of Saghaley's drawings.
Despite the success he had
achieved, and there seemed noth
ing about it he did not understand,
Inatye got used to the interview
format, and in the end, he admitted,
"Running is not my sport."
Maybe so. Maybe no. But the Lew
ises are still moving forward with
new vistas for the boys this summer,
including Tribal Culture Camp,
Title VII Indian Ed summer school,
a program run by Tribal member
Shelby Olson-Rogers, martial arts
training and "getting Inatye back
up on his bike," David said. B