S moke S ignals DECEMBER 15, 2017 Enrollment training Tribal Council approves education expansion contract By Dean Rhodes Smoke Signals editor Photo by Michelle Alaimo Clockwise from left, Tribal Council Vice Chair Chris Mercier, Enrollment Board member and Tribal Elder Ann Lewis, Tribal Council member Kathleen George and Enrollment Board member and Tribal Elder Debi Anderson discuss enrollment topics during a Tribal Enrollment On-Site Training by James Mills, president of Creating Stronger Nations, held in the Employment Service Center on the Tribal campus on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Representatives from Tribal Council, Tribal Council staff, Audit Services, Information Systems, the Tribal Attorney’s Office, Member Services Department, Records and the Enrollment Board attended the two-day workshop. 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Grand Ronde Housing Department Housing Board seeks community input The Grand Ronde Housing Board is inviting Tribal members and Trib- al housing residents to provide input to assist its members in carrying out its advisory role to the Housing Department and Tribal Council regarding policy guidance. The Housing Board meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Housing Department conference room, 28450 Tyee Road. Its chair is Matt Thomas. For more information, contact the Housing Department at 503-879-2401. 9 Tribal Council approved a $739,500 contract with Whisler Construction of Otis on Wednesday, Dec. 13, to expand the Early Child- hood and Youth Education areas of the Tribe’s educational facilities. General Manager David Fuller- ton said during the Tuesday, Dec. 12, Legislative Action Committee meeting that the initial bidding process that occurred in May re- ceived only one bid that was not within the approved budget for the expansion project. Fullerton said he thought a busy construction season decreased interest in bidding on the Tribal project. This time around, the Tribe re- ceived two bids and Whisler was the low bidder. The Tribe’s procure- ment policy requires that Tribal Council approve contracts valued at more than $100,000. In an Oct. 19 authorization to pro- ceed, Tribal Council set a $740,000 budget for the project that includes $208,000 from an U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develop- ment Indian Community Develop- ment Block Grant, $65,000 from a Spirit Mountain Community Fund grant and $300,000 in Tribal funds. Fullerton said Whisler is pre- pared to start work as soon as the contract is approved. The 1,800-square-foot project will construct a preschool addition to the Early Childhood Education building and renovate the cur- rent kitchen, expanding it by 200 square feet. The addition also will include a classroom and additional restrooms, storage and office space. Additionally, Youth Education will be expanded by approximately 250 square feet. Construction will include restrooms, storage and laundry facilities. Tribal Council approved applying for the federal grant in October 2015. In other action, Tribal Council: • Approved a resolution to join the Native Farm Coalition, which will provide the Grand Ronde Tribe an opportunity to partici- pate in lobbying efforts for federal agricultural policy. • Approved amendments to the Tribe’s Children and Families Or- dinance that ensure permanent plans in the ordinance comply with federal funding require- ments. • Re-appointed Tribal member Ron Reibach to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trust- ees. • Nominated Tribal Council mem- ber Brenda Tuomi to possibly serve on a task force regarding domestic violence against Native American women. • And approved the enrollment of four infants into the Tribe be- cause they meet the provisions outlined in the Enrollment Ordi- nance and Tribal Constitution. Also included in the Dec. 13 Tribal Council packet were autho- rizations to proceed that appointed Tribal Council member Michael Langley to the Oregon Tribal Cul- tural Items Task Force created by Gov. Kate Brown, authorized transferring $205 from general con- tingency to the Ceremonial Hunt- ing Board budget to cover harvest processing costs and authorized a new broadcast journalist position in the Publications Department who will primarily be responsible for creating a weekly news podcast. Tribal Cultural Resources Depart- ment Manager David Harrelson gave a brief cultural presentation regarding winter and traditional Native practices and Tribal Council Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy memorialized Vera Katz, former mayor of Portland who walked on on Monday, Dec. 11. “Vera was a close friend of the Tribes of Oregon and supported the cleanup of the Willamette River, which is vital to the Willamette Val- ley Treaty,” Kennedy said. “She also consistently referred to the Confed- erated Tribes of Grand Ronde as the Tribe of Portland and recognized us as valuable business partners. “We admired her ability to ad- vance social and economic devel- opment in the Portland area and saw her as being a leader who could champion even the most chal- lenging issues. She was a staunch advocate for the city of Portland and its people. She will be missed tremendously and her legacy will continue to live on through those that knew her and through the great city Portland has become.” The meeting can be viewed by visiting the Tribal website at www. grandronde.org and clicking on the News tab and then Video. Adult Members’ Trust and Minors’ Custodial & Rabbi Trust Funds Investments in the Adult Members’ Trust Fund and the Minors’ Custodial and Rabbi Trust Funds are updated each business day. If you are a trust participant and/or if you are the parent/guard- ian of a minor member, you can access and review your balance and your minor child’s balance by visiting www.401Save.com. 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.