Tribal Government & News

Tribal Council OKs agreements

01.29.2015 Dean Rhodes Tribal Council

Tribal Council approved two agreements during its Wednesday, Jan. 28, meeting.

The first agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs will allow the Tribe to access its transportation funding from the federal government. The Tribe is scheduled to receive $182,679.73 in fiscal year 2015.

The other agreement will allow Grand Ronde Tribal Police Chief Al LaChance, with the approval of the General Manager’s Office, to enter into intergovernmental agreements and memoranda of understanding involving the operation of the Tribal Police Department with local counties and jurisdictions for calendar year 2015.

LaChance can enter into agreements regarding mutual aid, deadly force plans, radio use, dispatch and communication, jailing, prosecution protocols, and records and evidence retention.

In other action, Tribal Council corrected the blood quantum of six Tribal members.

Also included in the Jan. 28 Tribal Council packet were authorizations to proceed that transferred $1,890 from contingency to Emergency Operations to buy Community Emergency Response Team training bags and allocated another $1,800 to purchase food for individuals taking the eight-week CERT trainings being held in Grand Ronde.

Tribal Council also directed the Tribal Attorney’s Office to draft amendments to the Children and Families Ordinance that will, if approved, provide notice to grandparents before hearings in dependency matters.

Tribal Council member Jon A. George and Land and Culture employees Travis Mercier, Brian Krehbiel, Jan Looking Wolf Reibach and Mike Karnosh opened the meeting with cultural drumming and singing.

The meeting, in its entirety, can be viewed on the new Tribal website,, under the News tab and then click on the Video link.