Collections Mission Statement

Statement of Purpose and Collecting Objectives

A.    Mission Statement
The mission of Chachalu is to identify, protect, preserve, restore, procure, and manage the Tribe’s, cultural collections and artifacts throughout the Tribe’s ceded lands and areas of interest.
B.     Vision Statement
The vision of Chachalu is to support the Tribe in its sovereignty, becoming owner, manager, and steward of cultural resources within its ceded lands and other areas of interest, and ensuring that our cultural practices are preserved and continue.
C.     Structure of Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s (“CTGR”) Cultural Collections Program (the “Program”) will maintain full responsibility for the intake, maintenance, preservation and use of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Cultural Collection (the “Collections”).  The Cultural Collections Program is within the Cultural Resources Department (the “Department”). The Department acts as the operational authority for Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center (“Chachalu”)-the current home for the Department.
D.    How the Collections Support the Mission of the Museum
The mission of the Program is to actively research, identify, acquire, and preserve materials relating to the rich cultural legacy of the Grand Ronde Tribe and provide these resources for interpretation and community access.
E.     Geographic and Cultural Scope
The  Collections include material relevant to the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary time periods of the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and its’ associated Tribes; material representing the geographic areas encompassing the ceded lands of the various tribes, bands, and peoples of the Grand Ronde reservation and the diaspora; and material representing a broader range of Native American/American Indian ethno histories and cultures relevant to North America, the United States, the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon. Types of materials accepted include, but are not limited to: archaeological, ethnological, photographic, audio, video, archival, and natural history materials.
i.      Use of the Collections: The Collections may be made available to community members privately or during a cultural education activity, for study by qualified researchers and for exhibition both within Chachalu or CTGR facilities and in relevant external exhibits.
ii.      The Collections may be made available to CTGR employees for educational uses.