Page 9 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - July 2016
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AMERIND honors Chairman Bush

After two terms, Phil Bush steps down
as chairman of the AMERIND Risk Board LEARN MORE
of Directors this month with challenges
met and progress made. Some of Bush’s For insurance information, call 800-352-3496
most notable accomplishments were to hire or go to
AMERIND’s first Native American CEO
and oversee the diversification of its service the board in finding common ground
products. and equitable balance. Board unity was
achieved and endured during the course of
AMERIND Risk is the Bush’s tenure, marked by unanimous board
only 100 percent Native decisions and unprecedented growth and
CHEHALIS TRIBAL American owned insurance success.
NEWSLETTER solutions provider in
Indian country. More “He’s been present during great change
The Confederated Tribes than 400 tribes pooled at AMERIND, including moving the risk
of the Chehalis Reservation, their resources to create pool to operate more like a business instead
AMERIND Risk to keep of simply a membership organization,” said
‘People of the Sands’ money within Indian Phil Bush Chief Operating Officer Dennis McCann.
“Chairman Bush also encouraged us to
Articles and opinions expressed country. AMERIND provides property, operate to where we’re implementing
are not necessarily those of this liability, workers’ compensation insurance best practices at our core while moving
publication or the Chehalis Tribal and employee benefits solutions for away from the perception of solely being
tribes, tribal governments, businesses and a niche player in housing to being a
Business Committee. individual coverage. credible resource for tribal governments,
enterprises, housing and tribal member-
SUBMISSIONS The business was founded in 1986 and owned businesses.”
The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter has been growing ever since.
Phil Bush is a member of the Chehalis
encourages tribal members Chairman Bush, Executive Director Tribe. Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority
to submit letters, articles, of the Modoc Lassen Indian Housing Board members who attended the
photographs and drawings to Authority, was elected chairman in 2010. ceremony presented him with a Pendleton
be considered for publication He will dutifully step down from the blanket in honor of his good work while
(subject to editing). Contributing position because of constitutional term serving Native American communities.
writers, artists and photographers limits.

include Chehalis tribal When Chairman Bush began his term,
community members and staff. one of his many priorities was to assist
Submission deadline is the first of
each month (printed monthly). Chehalis Tribal Foster Care Program

TRIBAL CENTER Why should I be licensed to care for CONTACT US
360-273-5911 my relative?
Please call Frances Pickernell at 360-709-
420 Howanut Road n Indian Child Welfare seeks to place 1745 or Melanie Hjelm at 360-709-1632 at the
Oakville, WA 98568 children with relatives whenever possible. Chehalis Tribal Foster Care Program.
360-709-1726 (office) We know relatives can provide stable,
360-273-5914 (fax) committed homes for children in crises. gate.
While licensing is not required for relative n Hot tub and spa areas are locked when
CHEHALIS TRIBE’S care, there are specific benefits.
VISION STATEMENT they are not in use.
To be a thriving, self-sufficient, n Foster Care reimbursement is a higher n Medications, including vitamins
sovereign people, honoring our rate than the grant available through
past and serving current and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. and herbal remedies, are in their original
future generations. The 2016 basic foster care rates are: containers and in locked storage.

BUSINESS COMMITTEE Ages 0-5: $562 n All firearms, ammunition and other
Don Secena, Chairman Ages 6-11: $683 weapons are kept in locked containers.
Harry Pickernell, Sr., Ages 12-21: $705
Rates might be higher depending on the n Smoke detectors are installed.
Vice Chairman level of care the child needs. n Approved 2A10BC rated or larger all-
Farley Youckton, Treasurer What kind of home can be licensed as purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher is on hand.
Cheryle Starr, Secretary a foster home? Smoking is NOT allowed in the living
Foster families may rent or own their space of ANY foster home or facility caring
Dan Gleason, Sr., homes. Any home can be a foster home if: for children or in ANY motor vehicles
5th Council Member n It is clean, safe, in good repair and has transporting children. Adults may smoke
adequate space. outdoors away from children.
NEWSLETTER STAFF n Poisons and cleaning solutions are We are willing to work with you on being
Fred Shortman, kept out of reach of children. licensed! We need homes for emergency,
n Pools have a fence designed to respite, short term and/or long term.
Audra J. Hill and the discourage climbing and have a locking
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