Any Tribal member, spouse or parent of a Tribal member may apply for a Burial Benefit for any deceased family member who is a Tribal member or their non-member child (under the age of 25), parent, or spouse. Adopted children, whether by law or Tribal Custom, are eligible for benefit on the same basis as natural children. To establish family status of non-members, the family member representative or other individual shall provide the evidence of required family relationship, such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, order of adoption, and any other documented evidence required by the Enrollment Department.
WHAT IS IT?
The Burial Fund is administrated by the Enrollment Office and will pay for funeral services for eligible individuals. The family may use the funeral home or mortuary of their choice and the Burial fund will pay the funeral establishment directly, up to $7,000 The family is responsible for any amount exceeding $7,000.
The Burial Fund provides a funeral reception benefit in the amount of $400, which is paid directly to a family member, unless you’re having the food service program provide the meal then the check will need to be cut directly to them. The reception benefit may be used to purchase food for a family gathering.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All enrolled Tribal members, their parents, their children (under the age of 25) and spouses are eligible. Adopted children (under the age of 25) are eligible, but adoption papers must be provided. All other relationships must be documented (such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.)
ARE CEMETERY EXPENSES COVERED?
Grand Ronde Tribal cemetery plots are available at no cost to Tribal members, their spouses, and children. Families are responsible for the cost of opening and closing of the grave.
WHO DO WE CONTACT WHEN THERE IS A DEATH IN THE FAMILY?
You may contact the Member Services Office. You will be asked to provide a family member’s name and address to send the reception benefit to. You will also be asked to have the funeral home contact us, so we can verify the amount to be paid and receive documentation needed to submit a payment request.