Smoke signals. (Grand Ronde, Or.) 19??-current, October 01, 2013, Page 5, Image 5

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    OCTOBER 1,2013
Smoke Signals 5
Tribal Council member Denis Harvey gifts Karen
Joplin, Hood River County commissioner, a beaded
necklace during the dedication ceremony for the
Historic Columbia River Highway trail from John
B. Yeon to Moffett Creek near Cascade Locks on
Saturday, Sept. 14. A necklace from the Tribe was
gifted to all of the people who had a significant role
in the trail revitalization.
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A group from the Grand Ronde Tribe
sings "New Beginnings" during the
dedication of the Historic Columbia
River Highway trail from John B. Yeon to
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Tribal Council member Jon A. George speaks during the Photos by Michelle Alaimo
dedication of the Historic Columbia River Highway trail.
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"healthier, better educated and
safer place" for all to live in.
Former Tribal Council member
Steve Bobb Sr. gave an invocation
and Tribal Council Chair Reyn
Leno, who also sits on the Spirit
Mountain Community Fund Board
of Trustees, gave a short history on
the Tribe, including the fact that
it was formed from 27 bands and
Tribes, it signed seven treaties with
the federal government and that
there are currently more than 5,200
Tribal members.
"This is the best job to have on
council," Leno said. "We meet here
every two weeks and sometimes the
conversation is not as nice as when
you are giving away money."
Leno said the Tribe created the
Community Fund because the West
Valley community helped take care
of Tribal members during 29 years
of Termination between 1954 and
"The community took care of
us for 30 years," Leno said. "We
wanted to give back, and we love
helping out people."
George added that the Commu
nity Fund is the continuation of a
Tribal tradition of mutual respon
sibility to care for the people and
the land.
After watching an informational
video on the Community Fund and
Tribe, grant recipients received
their checks and gift bags from
Bobb and shook hands with Tribal
Council members Cheryle A. Ken
nedy and Denise Harvey.
" They then had their picture taken
with Leno and George by Tribal
photographer Michelle Alaimo.
The following nonprofits, broken
Photo by Michelle Alaimo
Spirit Mountain Community Fund Director Kathleen George, right, talks with
a grant recipient representative during the fund's fall grant presentation in
the Governance Center Atrium on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
down by county, received grants:
Albertina Kerr Centers Founda
tion Inc., $75,000 for expansion of
the crisis psychiatric care facility
for children;
College Possible, $25,000 for Col
lege Possible Portland;
Columbia Riverkeeper, $25,000
for its Fish Swim project;
Community Transitional School,
$15,000 for school transportation
for homeless students;
Lewis and Clark College, $50,000
for its Problem Gaming Clinic
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank,
$35,000 to support organizational
stability, program quality and
Oregon Wild, $15,000 for protec
tion of Oregon's backyard old
growth forests;
Self Enhancement Inc., $25,000
for its Youth Potential Realized
St. Andrew Legal Clinic, $40,000
for a legal access fund to protect
women and children;
Upstream Public Health, $27,500
for its Healthy Drinks, Healthy
Kids project;
Vibe of Portland, $20,372 for its
Vibe School expansion;
Benton Hospice Service, $20,000
for a family grief support pro
gram; Marion
CAPACES Leadership Institute,
$5,000 for the TURNO youth
Friends of the Straub Environ
mental Learning Center, $2,000
for its Nature Kids youth natural
ist series;
Western Rivers Conservancy,
$20,000 for re-establishing Cha
halpam in partnership with the
Confederated Tribes of Grand
Willamette Riverkeeper, $15,500
to its Riparian Response program,
which restores and improves riv
erside habitat;
Children's Vision Foundation,
$10,000 for its seven-step vision
screening project;
Friends of Polk County Casa Inc.,
$5,000 for volunteer recruitment,
training and retention;
Willamette Valley Hospice,
$15,000 for safe patient handling
equipment for its Edward F. To
karski home;
Young Women's Christian As
sociation of Salem, $19,000 for
expanding health services to low
income Polk County women;
Juliette's House, $12,145 for its
Safe Kids child assault preven
tion program;
Northwest Center for Alterna
tives to Pesticides, $20,000 for its
Clean Water for Salmon effort;
Oregon Coast Aquarium, $25,000
for general operating support;
Oregon Pacific Area Health Edu
cation Center, $40,000 for its
Health Professions Preparation
Tillamook County Women's Re
source Center, $30,000 for its
Youth Teaching Youth Violence
Prevention project.