The Cultural Resources Department is responsible for the protection, preservation, revitalization, repatriation and archiving of Tribal traditions, cultures, collections, and history of the original people of the Grand Ronde community throughout our usual and accustomed areas. The Tribe recognizes that cultural resources are invaluable, irreplaceable and endangered resources. The department provides for the management and ongoing development of Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center.
Administration provides for the management, development and operations of the Department, Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center, and the Plankhouse, Achaf Hammi.
The Historic Preservation Office encompasses the Archeology & Research, Cultural Protection, and Cultural Collections Programs. Each program contributes to the identification, recording, and protection of the Tribe’s cultural resources. The Office, through its staff reviews and comments, coordinates with federal and state agencies as outlined by Law and Tribal Ordinance on projects throughout the Tribe’s ceded and ancestral homelands. By advocating for the tribe’s cultural resources (artifacts, materials, places, and practices) the Office maintains and demonstrates stewardship responsibilities linked to its sovereignty and maintains connection throughout its ceded lands.
The Cultural Education Program provides the tribal community a range of opportunities to learn cultural knowledge and deepen sense of identity, belonging, and connection to place. We offer cultural classes and events throughout the year that provide immersive experiences in an effort to transmit knowledge of cultural practices and heritage to our participants.
The Interpretation Program coordinates the tribe’s mission of perpetuating and preserving the cultural heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through creation and review of interpretive materials for the purpose of ensuring accuracy of tribally and externally created exhibits, displays, print and other media.
Chachalu tells the story of the Tribes and Bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and honor our Elders who kept Tribal traditions and dreams alive during the years of Termination. It is a center where the Tribe’s Restoration is celebrated and our culture is being revitalized.