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S moke S ignals
JUNE 15, 2018
Behavioral Health addition
contract approved at meeting
By Dean Rhodes
Smoke Signals editor
Tribal Council approved a
$667,000 contract with Seabold
Construction Co. of Beaverton to
build a 2,100-square-foot addition
to the Health & Wellness Center’s
Behavioral Health wing during its
Wednesday, June 6, meeting.
The Tribe received a federal
Indian Community Development
Block Grant for the expansion and
Seabold garnered the highest score
of the two companies that bid on
According to a request for pro-
posals that appeared in the April
1 edition of Smoke Signals, the
Behavioral Health Department
has outgrown its allocated space
in the Health & Wellness Center,
which was built in 1997. In 2017,
Behavioral Health had 2,570 visits.
The new space will consist of a
meeting room, reception area and
lobby, an office, consultation room,
and renovations to the existing
At the Tuesday, June 5, Leg-
islative Action Committee meet-
ing, Tribal Council Chairwoman
Cheryle A. Kennedy and Secretary
Jon A. George reminded Tribal
members that the Health & Well-
ness Center was constructed in the
shape of a medicine wheel to allow
for future expansions and holistic
care of Tribal members.
“This is a really significant need,”
Tribal Council member Kathleen
George said during the Legisla-
tive Action Committee meeting.
“We hear this from the folks who
work in the clinic; we hear this
from the folks who work with our
kids in Education. There is a very
high demand for these Behavioral
Health services and we are really
In other action, Tribal Council:
• Approved an application for a
maximum $15,000 Bureau of
Indian Affairs Resilience Grant
that would help the Tribe build
its capacity to address climate
• Approved a $419,766 contract
with Cearley Construction of
Estacada for the repair and paint
project that the Housing Depart-
ment has planned for Raven Loop
buildings, which are more than
10 years old;
• Approved an application to the
Oregon Emergency Management
Department for a $62,500 grant
that would help fund two posi-
tions in the Grand Ronde Tribal
Police Department. The Tribe
would be required to match the
grant dollar for dollar;
• Approved the enrollment of three
infants and three non-infants
into the Tribe because they meet
the requirements outlined in the
Tribal Constitution and Enroll-
• Approved Tribal credit cards for
Natural Resources Department
employees Waylon Rich and
Jeramy Trammel, who work as
single resource bosses with the
Wildland Fire crew. The credit
cards will have the standard
$5,000 limit and help pay for
travel expenses, meals and main-
tenance of Tribal vehicles and
• Approved amendments to the
Spirit Mountain Gaming Inc.
articles and bylaws that, among
other changes, state that the
Board of Directors will consist of
six nonTribal Council members
and up to five directors who are
Tribal Council members, and that
a Tribal Council member who
is not re-elected will have their
appointment to the board auto-
matically terminated. According
to an executive summary, the
amendments seek to standardize
past practices for appointments
to the board and establish best
practices for a future that will in-
clude more competition for Spirit
Also included in the Wednesday,
June 6, packet were approved
authorizations to proceed that
appointed Education Department
Manager Leslie Riggs and Curric-
ulum Specialist Mercedes Jones
to the Essential Understandings
Advisory Committee, approved us-
ing ceremonial fish caught at Wil-
lamette Falls for the June 2 First
Foods Celebration and approved a
$1,000 per capita amount for the
June 15 distribution.
Tribal Council Secretary Jon A.
George gave the cultural presen-
tation to open the meeting and
discussed the Saturday, June 2,
First Foods Celebration held at
achaf-hammi, the Tribal plankhouse.
The entire meeting can be viewed
by visiting the Tribal website at
www.grandronde.org and clicking
on the News tab and then Video.
THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF GRAND RONDE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN – PHASE 1
Through this Request for Proposals, the Confederated Tribes of
Grand Ronde (CTGR) is seeking competitive proposals from qualified
and experienced firms for Community Development Planning services.
This phase will include scoping, data gathering and compilation, re-
search, community meetings and intergovernmental outreach. These
services are intended to assist the Tribe in determining the parameters,
objectives/goals and outcomes of a comprehensive community devel-
opment plan. Consultant’s deliverable for Phase I will be the preparation
of the scope, content outline and work plan with schedule and roles for
the planning and compilation of a full community development plan,
which will be Phase II of this project. The Tribe intends to use the scope
and work plan as the basis for solicitation of a consultant to draft a full
Community Development Plan.
CTGR will accept proposals until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018,
at CTGR’s Lands Department, located at 9615 Grand Ronde Road,
Grand Ronde, OR 97347, Tribal Governance Building. Proposals
should be clearly marked with the Proposer’s name and address, as
well as the RFP title.
Questions regarding the RFP, and to obtain electronic copies of
the RFP including all required forms and attachments e-mail Teresa
Brocksen, Tribal Realty Coordinator, at Teresa.A.Clay@grandronde.
org, or call Ms. Brocksen at 503-879-1414.
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Police Department installs
medication drop box
The Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department, 9655 Grand Ronde Road,
now has a medication drop box located in the front lobby.
Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The drop box is for any prescribed or over-the-counter medication. If the
containers are too large to fit in the drop box, please repackage them in
a zip-lock plastic bag.
Tribal Police employees cannot handle the medications so the person
dropping them off must repackage them.
Needles and liquids are not allowed in the drop box.
Tribal Police suggest mixing liquid medications with cat litter or coffee
grounds and then throwing them away with the household trash.
For more information, call 503-879-1821.
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