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NOVEMBER 15, 2012
Members briefed on economic development, "13 budget
By Dean Rhodes
Smoke Signals editor
Held mostly in executive ses
sion, the Nov. 1 1 General Council
meeting in the Tribal Community
Center in Grand Ronde briefed the
Tribal membership on economic
development projects and the pre
liminary 2013 Tribal budget.
Since the two presentations were
held in executive session, Smoke
Signals cannot report on the spe
cifics. Tribal Economic Development
Director Titu Asghar briefed Tribal
members on three projects cur
rently being worked on by his
department during an 11-minute
presentation. He fielded three ques
tions from Tribal members and was
complimented by Tribal Council
Chair Reyn Leno on the work he
and his department is doing.
Tribal Finance Officer Julio Mar
tinez then briefed those in atten
dance about the proposed 2013
Tribal budget during a 30-min-ute
presentation. After the lunch
break, four Tribal members com
mented and asked questions about
the proposed budget.
Tribal members have until 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, to submit com
ments about the proposed budget,
which was detailed in the most
recent Tilixam Wawa sent to the
Not occurring in executive session
was an honoring of Tribal veterans
in attendance since the General
Council meeting was held on Vet
erans Day.
Leno, himself a Vietnam War-era
veteran of the Marine Corps, asked
veterans in attendance to stand
and receive a certificate for a free
meal at the Coyote Buffet at Spirit
Mountain Casino.
Those honored included Navy
veterans Veronica Gaston, Bob
Duncan, Wink Soderberg and Gene
LaBonte; Marine Corps veterans
Alton Butler, Les McKnight, Ken
Lafferty and Frank Simmons, who
also served in the Army; and Army
veterans Jan Michael Reibach and
Dwight Colton. Also honored were
Leno and Tribal Council members
Steve Bobb Sr. (Marine Corps) and
June Sherer (Army).
General Council attendees then
went outside under threatening
skies to watch Leno, Bobb and
Sherer place a wreath at the West
Valley Veterans Memorial while
Reibach played taps on Native
Leno thanked Native veterans for
their patriotism and making Native
Americans the minority with the
highest participation per capita in
the U.S. military.
Bobb said that he is often asked
why Native Americans volunteer to
defend the nation that was taken
from them.
"We are descended from war
riors," Bobb said. "If someone
threatens this nation, they will be
met by a fierce fighting force of Na
tive Americans."
Tribal Council member Jon A.
George also thanked Native vet
erans for their service to the coun
try. Tribal Elder Val Grout asked
that her uncle, Eugene Hudson,
be remembered as a World War II
TirabaD Conoirtt closure
Beginning Sept. 7 and throughout the remainder of the year, the Tribal
Court will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Friday to allow time
for staff to complete administrative projects.
Thank you for your patience. 0
Committee & Special Event
Board meeting days and times
Below is the most current information on the meeting days and times for
Tribal Committees and Special Event Boards:
Ceremonial Hunt Board meets as needed. Chair: Shonn Leno.
Cultural Trust Board meets at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month
in Modular No. 2. Chair: Perri McDaniel.
Culture Committee meets at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month
in Modular No. 3. Chair: CeCe Kneeland.
Education Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the
month in the Adult Education Building. Chair: Tammy Cook.
Elders' Committee meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month
in the Elders' Activity Center. Chair: Gladys Hobbs.
Enrollment Committee meets quarterly in Room 204 of the Governance
Building. Acting Chair: Robert Schmid.
Fish & Wildlife Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of
the month at the Natural Resources Building. Chair: Harold Lyon.
Health Committee meets at 1 0 a.m. the second Wednesday of the
month in the Tribal Wellness Center. Acting Chair: Patti Tom-Martin.
Powwow Special Event Board meets at 5 p.m. the first Thursday of
the month at the Tribal Community Center. Chair: Dana Ainam.
Rodeo Special Event Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the
month at the Tribal Rodeo Office. Chair: Harold Lyon.
Social Services Committee meets at 4 p.m. the second Monday of
the month in the Social Services Conference Room. Chair: Jenny San
chez. Timber Committee meets at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month
at the Natural Resources Building. Chair: Bob Mercier.
Veterans Special Event Board meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tues
day of the month in the Elders' Activity Center. Chair: Gene LaBonte.
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Photo by Michelle Alaimo
Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach, right, plays taps on the flute after, from
left, Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno and Tribal Council members June
Sherer and Steve Bobb Sr. laid a wreath at the West Valley Veterans Memorial
on the Tribal campus during the General Council meeting held on Sunday,
Nov. 1 1.The wreath was in honor of Veterans Day and all four are veterans.
veteran since he is unable to attend
General Council meetings because
of health issues.
The next General Council meet
ing will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday,
Dec. 2, in the Tribal Community
Eric Bernando won the $100
door prize while Les McKnight,
Noah George and Kathy Soderberg
won the $50 door prizes and Linda
LaChance won a necklace donated
by Tribal Council member Jon A.
George. B
Family Movie Night showing
'Arthur Christmas7
The Tribe's Youth Prevention Program and the Community
Awareness Team will be holding the next Family Movie Night at
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Tribal gym. Showing will be "Arthur
Although Youth Prevention will not be serving dinner, there will
be healthy snacks, water and juices.
For more information, contact Shannon Stanton at 503-879-1489,
Amber Mercier at 503-879-2162 or Tina Lara at 503-879-2040. O
Adult Members7 Trust and Minors'
Custodial & Rabbi Trust Funds
Effective Aug. 20, 2012, investments in the Adult Members' Trust Fund
and the Minors' Custodial and Rabbi Trust Funds are updated each busi
ness day. If you are a trust participant andor if you are the parentguard
ian of a minor member, you can access and review your balance and your
minor child's balance by visiting
To log-in, the initial User ID is your (or your child's) Social Security
number, and the initial Password is "00" followed by your (or your child's)
membership number. Once logged in, you can customize your User ID and
password for security purposes.
If you have any trouble logging in to or using the system, contact the
401Save Call Center at 1-888-700-0808 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific
Time, Monday through Friday.
The following Committees and Special Event Boards have vacant
Education Committee 1 Vacancy
Please send completed applications to Stacia Martin, 9615
Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, OR 97347.
Committee seeks Elders' phone numbers
The Tribal Elders Committee is working on a volunteer phone list of
Elders. If you would like to submit your phone number and address to be
available to other Elders, send it to or
leave a message at 503-879-2231. B