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Spirit Mountain Grants Benefit Oregon Tribes

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, awarded $301,000 to six Oregon Tribes in early August as part of the first Oregon Tribal

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, awarded $301,000 to six Oregon Tribes in early August as part of the first Oregon Tribal Grant Program.

The Oregon Tribal Grant Program is designed to support innovative programs or program enhancement within Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes.

Eligible projects included program support or capital improvements. There is a $75,000 cap per grant award.

The six grants awarded this month include:

* $40,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians to complete preliminary excavation and foundation work that will pave the way for construction of a new multifunctional Tribal Community Center.

* $50,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to help the Warm Springs Tribal Museum modernize and replace outdated audio-visual analog/laser equipment used in its permanent exhibit gallery.

* $75,000 to the Burns Paiute Tribe for the purchase and installation of new irrigation equipment and agricultural implements to support their hay growing operations.

* $46,000 to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation for the development and production of a comprehensive curriculum for high school students that translates their tribal history book into modules to support student project-based study.

* $50,000 to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon to design, create and install informational signs to be placed at historically significant sites within Grand Ronde's ceded lands.

* $40,000 to the Klamath Tribe to support construction of a new Tribal Community Transportation Maintenance Building, which will provide a centrally located, enclosed facility to perform routine and preventive maintenance to the tribe's bus fleet.

In its 10 years of existence, Spirit Mountain Community Fund has donated more than $40 million to charitable groups and organizations in 11 western Oregon counties.

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