Smoke signals. (Grand Ronde, Or.) 19??-current, June 01, 2017, Page 26, Image 26

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S moke S ignals
JUNE 1, 2017
We Want To Hear From You!
That’s right, the Grand Ronde
Health & Wellness Center
Comment Box is located at the
entrance of the Health &
Wellness Center, next to the
drinking fountain.
Share your
experience, good
or bad with us!
We look forward to
hearing what you
have to say. 
Volunteer Information
What is a volunteer?
A volunteer is someone who gives their self, time, or services to an
organization or cause to effect positive change usually within their community.
Why volunteer?
To become involved
To give back
To help effect positive change
To be active
To continue traditions
To share life experiences with others.
What are the benefits?
Being part of a group
Feeling of belonging
Feeling of contributing
Feeling of accomplishment
Social interaction
Feeling like you are connected to the community/Tribe
Knowing that you are making a difference
No matter which program you volunteer for, you can make a difference.
CASA Program:
As a CASA volunteer, you can help a child by advocating for that child’s best interest. Making sure that
child receives the services they need, be placed in the best placement available, and help advocate for
the best outcome of that child’s case. You become a voice for the child. As a CASA Advocate you will
also foster a positive connection between the child and the Tribe.
Tribal Member Review Board:
As a Tribal Member Review Board (TMRB) Member, you review cases of Tribal Children, in the
jurisdiction of the Tribal Court. When reviewing these cases you learn about the child(ren), family and
services needed for the family. You make findings and recommendations about the case to the Court
and to the ICW program.
Peacemaker Program:
As a Peacemaker, you facilitate the Peacemaking process. Sessions are held in a safe environment
where parties can openly and honestly discuss their dispute. Part of the Peacemaker process is “getting
to the heart of the dispute”. Examining the issues to discover the interest of all parties and guiding
them to a mutually agreeable resolution.
For more information, contact the Tribal Court Programs Specialist
Annie Schmidt ( or 503-879-4623
Who will be there for me?
Volunteer to ensure abused and neglected Tribal children have their rights
protected, and their voices heard.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are
recruiting Court Appointed Special Advocates,
CASAs, to speak up for the best interests of
neglected or abused Tribal Children.
The Tribal Court Peacemaker Programs aims to reflect the Tribe’s
tradition of using respected members of the community to heal
conflicts among its members. This free, voluntary program allows
parties to discuss their conflict or dispute in a safe, non-threatening
environment. The goal is to reestablish communication and come to
an amicable and agreeable solution .
What can the Peacemaker program help with?
Disputes among co-workers
Grievances with neighbors
Relationship struggles
For more information on this program or to sign up for a Peacemaking Session, contact the Tribal
Court Programs Specialist or apply with the form available at
Annie Schmidt
As a CASA, you will review records, speak with
pertinent persons to the case, and make
recommendations to the Court stating what you,
as a CASA, believe is best for the child.
Every native child deserves to have a safe home,
an education, and to know and be connected to
their culture.
21 years of age
Successful completion of 40 hours of training
Completion of a background & reference
Preferred- Knowledge or experience in child
advocacy and tribal customs
Applications are available at
For more information, contact:
Annie Schmidt
Tribal Court Programs Specialist