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    Smoke Signals 13
JUNE 1,2013
Tribe has support of Polk, Yamhill county commissioners
RESERVATION ACT
continued from front page
unanimous support of Polk and
Yamhill county commissioners,
the two counties affected by this
legislation," Leno said.
Except for several updated land
descriptions, H.R. 841 is identical
to legislation that received a hear
ing in the subcommittee on July 24,
2012, he added.
"As a result of the federal govern
ment's allotment and termination
policies, Grand Ronde lost both its
federal recognition and its original
reservation of more than 60,000
acres," Leno said. "Grand Ronde's
Restoration Act restored 9,811 acres
of the Tribe's original reservation
to the Grand Ronde people. Since
1988, the Tribe has pursued the
goal of securing its sovereignty by
acquiring additional parcels of its
original reservation and providing
on-reservation jobs and services to
Tribal and community members.
"The Tribe is hampered in its
efforts to restore land within its
original reservation by a lengthy
and cumbersome Bureau of Indian
Affairs process. After it acquires a
parcel in fee, the Tribe must prepare
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a fee-to-trust
application
package for
the BIA. Then
BIA processes
the applica
tion as an 'on
reservation acquisition' or
an 'off-reservation
acqui
sition.'
"Because the Tribe does not have
exterior reservation boundaries
(instead, it has distinct parcels
deemed reservation through leg
islation), all parcels are processed
under the more rigorous off-reservation
acquisition regulations
- even if the parcel is located within
the boundaries of the original res
ervation. "After the land is accepted into
trust, the Tribe must take an addi
tional step of amending its Reserva
tion Act through federal legislation
to include the trust parcels in
order for land to be deemed res
ervation land. Grand Ronde has
been forced to come to the U.S.
Congress three times in the last
20 years to amend its Reservation
Act to secure reservation status
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for its trust lands. This process is
unduly time-consuming, expensive,
bureaucratic and often takes years
to complete."
Leno said passage of the legisla
tion would save the Tribe and fed
eral government time and money
by streamlining the process.
"Based on the universal support
of H.R. 841 and the importance
of the legislation to the Tribe, I
request the legislation be included
in the committee's first markup,"
Leno said.
A companion bill to H.R. 84 1 was
introduced in the U.S. Senate on
Feb. 28 by Oregon Sens. Jeff Merk
ley and Ron Wyden.
The legislation now heads to the
House Committee on Natural Re
sources, where the panel may make
changes and vote to send it to the
full House.
Leno then reiterated the Grand
Ronde Tribe's opposition to H.R.
931, which would allow the Confed
erated Tribes of Siletz to take land
into trust within the boundaries of
the former Coast Reservation.
"Grand Ronde is opposed as it
would significantly infringe on
the rights of the Grand Ronde and
other Tribes in western Oregon,"
Leno said. "Grand Ronde would
be supportive of the legislation, if
amended, to limit the scope of the
legislation to Lincoln County con
sistent with the Siletz Indian Tribe
Restoration Act.
'The Coast Reservation has never
been designated exclusively for the
Siletz, but for many Tribes through
out western Oregon, including an
tecedent Tribes and bands of Grand
Ronde, such as the Tribes of the
Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley
and Rogue River Valley.
"While Grand Ronde, the Confed
erated Tribes of the Coos, Lower
Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and
others opposed to the legislation
can agree to disagree with the
Siletz Tribe regarding its claim of
primacy to the Coast Reservation,
the simple facts are that H.R. 931
is opposed by at least two Oregon
Tribes with legitimate cultural
and historical claims to the area
involved, fails to enjoy the support
of the six counties affected by the
legislation and does not have the
support of the congressmen who
represent four of the six counties
contained in the legislation."
Siletz Tribal Chair Delores Pigsley
testified in support of H.R. 931.
Also attending the House hear
ing were Tribal Council Vice Chair
Jack Giffen Jr. and Tribal Attorney
Rob Greene.
Tribal Court seeks
request for proposals
In an effort to build the capacity of the Court, Tribe is seeking
Requests for Proposals from interested individuals, legal service
providers, agencies or law firms to develop new Tribal ordinances,
revise current ordinances, develop self-help packets and develop
local rules for the court.
To obtain a copy of the RFP contact Angela Fasana at 503-879-4596
or angela.fasanagrandronde.org. Proposals must be received by 5
p.m. June 28, 2013.
Notice to Interested Persons
Invitation for Bids
Tribal Court Remodel
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Grand Ronde, Oregon
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (CTGR) seeks bids from
qualified and licensed contractors for safety and security upgrades
to CTGR's Tribal Court.
Scope of work includes installation of bulletproof resistant doors,
bulletproof panels and creating additional staff space.
The Court will continue to operate during the remodel project
and the contractor will be required to be flexible with respect to the
Court's scheduled hearings.
Copies of the IFB documents may be obtained by e-mailing Jesse
White at jesse.whitegrandronde.org or calling 503-879-2404.
A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11,
2013 at 3 p.m. at Tribal Court, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand
Ronde, Oregon 97347.
Respondents shall provide a written bid by 3 p.m. June 19, 2013,
to Jesse White, Owner's Representative, 9615 Grand Ronde Road,
Grand Ronde, Oregon 97347. B , :
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