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S moke S ignals
APRIL 1, 2017
Food Bank provides
boxes, seeks help
The Grand Ronde Food Bank – iskam mfkhmfk haws – is operated
by Marion-Polk Food Share, which has been leading the fight to end
hunger since 1987 because no one should be hungry.
Recipients of SNAP, TANF, SSI or LIHEAP assistance automat-
ically qualify for assistance at the Grand Ronde Food Bank, 9675
Grand Ronde Road. No one will be turned away in need of a food box.
“We believe that everyone deserves to have enough to eat,” says
Food Bank Coordinator Francene Ambrose. “You are welcome to
get a food box at each of our regular weekly distributions. No one
will be turned away in need of a food box.”
Upcoming food box distribution dates will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, April 7; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, which will be
a holiday box distribution; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 21; and 2
to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.
Those who are unable to pick up a food box can fill out an autho-
rized representative form and that person can pick up a food box
on your behalf. The authorization is good for one year.
In addition, the Food Bank is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive
from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, in the Tribal Com-
The Food Bank continues to seek volunteers to help with repack-
ing food, putting food on the shelves, handing out food boxes and
The Food Bank also is participating in a program called Fresh
Alliance in which volunteers pick up food donations directly from
area stores. Volunteers with a truck who could pick up at these
stores at least once a week and a partner to ride along and help
load are being sought.
Call to ensure someone is available to assist. People also can sign
up for a monthly e-mail for the Food Bank calendar and events, as
well as follow the Food Bank on Facebook.
The Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider.
Contact Ambrose at 503-879-3663 or contact her at fambrose@
marionpolkfoodshare.org for more information or to volunteer. n
Elders schedule second sewing class
Tribal Elders will be holding their next sewing class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, in the Elders Activity Center, 48940 Blacktail Drive.
Lunch will be available and the class is open to everyone, not just Tribal
There will be a $10 fee for each project no matter how long it takes for
each project. The first two projects Elders are working on are a log cabin
quilt and a purse. Instructor is Susan Clark.
For more information, contact Elders Committee Chair Gladys Hobbs
at 971-241-8486 or Elders Activity Assistant Dan Ham at 503-879-2233
to find out what you will need to bring to the class. n
COMMITTEE AND SPECIAL EVENT BOARD VACANCIES
The following Committees and Special Event Boards have vacant positions.
Ceremonial Hunting Board
Fish & Wildlife Committee
1 vacancy, 1 alternate vacancy
Please send completed applications to Stacia Martin,
9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, OR 97347.
Official Tribal Facebook pages
• Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde:
• Grand Ronde Tribal Council:
• Grand Ronde Higher Education:
• Grand Ronde Youth Education:
• Spirit Mountain Community Fund:
• Grand Ronde Station:
• Grand Ronde Royalty: www.facebook.com/CTGRRoyalty
• Veterans Special Event Board:
• Community Garden: www.facebook.com/GrandRondeCommunityGarden
• Grand Ronde Food Bank: www.facebook.com/GrandRondeFoodBank
• Grand Ronde Youth Council: www.facebook.com/CTGRYouthCouncil
• Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department:
Clothes Closet open Monday, Friday
The Clothes Closet is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first and third
Fridays of the month and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all other Fridays on the Tribal
campus near the Elders Activity Center at the end of Blacktail Drive.
The Clothes Closet accepts clothing, small appliances, small pieces of
furniture, electronics and household goods that are clean and in good
condition. It does not accept books, large TVs or large furniture, but
there is a community board where people can post those items. Donations
are accepted during regular business hours. For more information or
emergency clothes, contact Lori Walker-Hernandez at 559-847-7565. n
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 Hunting Board meets as needed. Chair: Marline Groshong.
• Culture Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month
at the Grand Ronde Food Bank/iskam mfkhmfk haws, 9675 Grand
Ronde Road. Chair: Francene Ambrose.
• Education Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday 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 Board meets quarterly in Room 204 of the Governance
Center. Chair: Michael Mercier.
• Fish & Wildlife Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday
of the month at the Natural Resources building off Hebo Road. Chair:
• Health Committee meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the
month in the Health & Wellness Center. Chair: Patti Tom-Martin.
• Housing Board meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the
Housing Department conference room. Chair: Matt Thomas.
• Powwow Special Event Board meets monthly at noon at the Community
Center. Dates vary. Contact Dana Ainam at 503-879-2037. Chair: Dana
• Timber Committee meets at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month
at the Natural Resources building off Hebo Road. Chair: Bob Mercier.
• Veterans Special Event Board meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of
the month in the old Elders Craft House. Chair: Steve Bobb Sr.
To update information on this list, contact Publications Coordinator Dean
Rhodes at 503-879-1463 or email@example.com.
Adult Foster Program
“A Place To Call Home”
The Tribe’s Adult Foster Care lodges are committed to offering quality
care to our Elders and helping them remain as independent as possible, while
providing the personalized assistance they need. At our lodges, a wide range
of services is available in a comfortable setting where privacy is respected and
maximum independence is supported. For information, contact Adult Foster
Program Director Peggy Shaver at 503-879-1694. n