Tribes Supporting Tribes: Promotes Honor, Integrity, and a Brighter Future

Chiloquin, OR- The Klamath Tribes are pleased to announce they are the recipient of a grant award in the amount of $125,000 for the Klamath Tribes Water Preservation Project. The grant came from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  The Klamath Tribes have received several grants from the Spirit Mountain fund in the past, which have been instrumental in helping tribal programs with our storage and other building needs. But this award is specific to tribal government and the tribes Water Preservation Project, which continues to be a top priority for treaty resource protection and water rights issues.

Klamath Tribal Council and Spirit Mountain Community Fund Representatives: LtoR: Councilman, Steve Weiser; Vice-Chairwoman, Gail Hatcher; Community Fund Director, Kathleen George; Chairman, Don Gentry; Grants Coordinator, Julia Willis; Councilman, David Ochoa; Secretary, Roberta Frost.
Klamath Tribal Council and Spirit Mountain Community Fund Representatives: LtoR: Councilman, Steve Weiser; Vice-Chairwoman, Gail Hatcher;
Community Fund Director, Kathleen George; Chairman, Don Gentry; Grants Coordinator, Julia Willis; Councilman, David Ochoa; Secretary, Roberta Frost.

The philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, has given upwards of over  $62 million in grants since its inception in 1997, and they are happy to continue to support the Klamath Tribes in this important endeavor for water rights and restoration. On August 23, 2016, a check was presented to the Klamath Tribal Council and Chairman Gentry, at the Tribal Administration Offices in Chiloquin, Oregon. The Community Fund receives 6 percent of Spirit Mountain Casino profits and uses the money to award grants to non-profit organizations in 11 western Oregon counties. Grants are awarded in the categories of arts and culture, education, health, historic preservation, public safety, environmental preservation and other areas.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund Executive Director, Kathleen George, and Grants Coordinator, Julia Willis, personally traveled to Chiloquin, Oregon to present the check to the Klamath Tribes. Kathleen George emphasized the fact that they felt it was important to deliver the funds face to face to each tribal recipient. “We are honored to be here to present this check to the Klamath Tribes. We feel there is no substitute when it come to visiting people where they live and work.” She added, “When Tribes come together and support one another, we can make a change, we support you and give you thanks for the critical work you are doing for us all. It is our pleasure to partner. The Board of Trustees and Tribal Council join me in wishing you continued success.”

Klamath Tribal Chairman Gentry stated, “Of course the Klamath people appreciate your continued support. We know the Grand Ronde to be people of integrity and honor. These funds will assist us in making sure we can continue to work hard in our community, build relations, and continue to work towards water quality and protection of our water rights in the basin.” He added. “We appreciate the assistance and look forward to working together and supporting one another in the future. Many thanks from the Klamath Tribes and our entire Council and the Klamath Tribes.”

A small meeting followed the check presentation with members of the Tribal Council, and Jana DeGarmo, the Klamath Tribes Grant and Contracts Compliance Officer, who was instrumental in preparing the application and finalizing the entire process for the grant award.  Tribal Council acknowledged her hard work and dedication to this very important project.  Mrs. DeGarmo will help facilitate the grant over the next year and ensure compliance for any regulations and reporting requirements.

Klamath Tribes Vice-Chairwoman, Gail Hatcher, echoed the thanks from all the Council Members and concluded the meeting by saying, “Thank you. Tribal People need Tribal People to fight for Tribal Rights.”

For more information regarding this award you can contact:

Klamath Tribal Government at 541-783-2219 ext. 170