Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

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The opioid epidemic has hurt Native American communities more than any other demographic.  A CDC study shows a more than 500 percent spike in opioid-related deaths for native people between 1999 and 2015. To fight this trend, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde is opening Oregon’s first tribally-owned opioid treatment program. 

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When it comes to detecting and controlling coronavirus, Native American communities are often at a disadvantage. Now state funds are being sent to Oregon’s nine-federally recognized tribes. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it may not be enough.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde has received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award for cultural preservation. The honor was given by the state parks and recreation department.

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Oregon educators and tribes are excited about new state mandated curriculum as its being developed. It fulfills Senate Bill 13, which requires the state’s department of education to create course material that’s culturally inclusive and relevant to Oregon’s 9 federally recognized tribes.