Resolution No. 022-96

WHEREAS, the Grand Ronde Tribal Council, pursuant to Article III, Section 1 of the Tribal Constitution approved November 30, 1984, by the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs, is empowered to exercise all legislative and executive authority not specifically vested in the General Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; and

WHEREAS, Article III of the Grand Ronde Constitution authorizes the Tribal Council to exercise all Tribal legislative authority except for termination or diminishment of the reservation, and relinquishment of Tribal criminal or civil jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council has determined, after careful consideration, and Tribal members and Spirit Mountain Development Corporation comment at General Council and Tribal Council meetings and in writing, that it is necessary to provide for regulation of liquor on the Grand Ronde Reservation and Tribal lands; and

WHEREAS, the Tribe and the State of Oregon enjoy a cooperative relationship that will be furthered by adopting a liquor ordinance providing for joint regulation by the two governments; and

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council has reviewed the draft Liquor Ordinance, had a first reading of it and published it in the Tribal newsletter for comment; and

WHEREAS, the Tribal Corporation's Legends Lounge is scheduled to open in late June, 1996.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Grand Ronde Liquor Ordinance is hereby enacted and transmitted to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs for approval.

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Tribal Chairman is hereby authorized to make amendments to the Liquor Ordinance to obtain approval from the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.

CERTIFICATION: The Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon adopted this resolution at a regularly scheduled meeting, with a quorum present as required by the Grand Ronde Constitution held on April 10, 1996, by a vote of 7 yes, 0 no, and 0 abstentions.


Mark Mercier, Tribal Chairman


Ed Pearsall, Secretary



Liquor Ordinance


(1) The authority for the Ordinance and its adoption by Tribal Council is found in the Tribal Constitution under Article III, Section 1, and in the Act of August 15, 1953, Public Law 83-277, 18 U.S.C. § 1161.

(2) This Ordinance is for the purpose of regulating the sale, possession and use of alcoholic liquor on the Grand Ronde Reservation and other lands subject to Tribal jurisdiction.


To the extent that definitions are consistent with tribal or federal law, terms used herein shall have the same meaning as defined in Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 471, and in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 845.

(1) "Alcoholic liquor" shall mean any alcoholic beverage containing more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume, and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol and capable of being consumed by a human being.

(2) "Grand Ronde Reservation" shall mean all lands held in trust by the United States for the Tribe or its members and all lands owned by the Tribe, wherever located.

(3) Whenever the words "sell" or "to sell" refer to anything forbidden by this Chapter and related to alcoholic liquor, they include:
(A) To solicit or receive an order.
(B) To keep or expose for sale.
(C) To deliver for value or in any way other than purely gratuitously.
(D) To peddle.
(E) To keep with intent to sell.
(F) To traffic in.
(G) For any consideration, promise or obtained directly or indirectly under any pretext or by any means or procure or allow to be procured for any other person.

(4) The word "sale" includes every act of selling as defined in subsection 2 of this section.


(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, trade or manufacture any alcoholic liquor on the Grand Ronde Reservation except as provided for in this Ordinance.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any business establishment or person on the Grand Ronde Reservation to possess, transport or keep with intent to sell, barter or trade to another, any liquor, except for those commercial liquor establishments on the Grand Ronde Reservation licensed by the Tribe, provided, however, that a person may transport liquor from a licensed establishment consistent with the terms of the license.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to consume alcoholic liquor on a public highway.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to publicly consume any alcoholic liquor at any community function, or at or near any place of business, Indian celebration grounds, recreational areas, including ballparks, and public camping areas, the Tribal Headquarters area and any other area where minors gather for meetings or recreation, except within a tribally licensed establishment where alcohol is sold.

(5) It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to buy, attempt to buy or to misrepresent their age in attempting to buy, alcoholic liquor. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to transport, possess or consume any alcoholic liquor on the Grand Ronde Reservation, or to be under the influence of alcohol or to be at an established commercial liquor establishment, except as authorized under Section (e) of this Ordinance. No person shall sell or furnish alcoholic liquor to any minor.

(6) Alcoholic liquor may not be given as a prize, premium or consideration for a lottery, contest, game of chance or skill, or competition of any kind.


(1) Any request for a license under this Ordinance must be presented to the Tribal Council at least 30 days prior to the requested effective date. Tribal Council shall set license conditions at least as strict as those required by federal law, including at a minimum:
(A) Liquor may only be served and handled in a manner no less strict than allowed under Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 471.
(B) Liquor may only be served by staff of the licensee; and
(C) Liquor may only be served in rooms where gambling is not taking place.

(2) Council action on a license request must be taken at a regular or special meeting. Unless the request is for a special event license, the Council shall give at least 14 days' notice of the meeting at which the request will be considered. Notice shall be posted at the Tribal Council offices and at the establishment requesting the license, and will be sent by Certified Mail to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.


(1) The holder of a license issued under this Ordinance or Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 472 may employ persons 18, 19 and 20 years of age who may take orders for, serve and sell alcoholic liquor in any part of the licensed premises when that activity is incidental to the serving of food except in those areas classified by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as being prohibited to the use of minors. However, no person who is 18, 19 or 20 years of age shall be permitted to mix, pour or draw alcoholic liquor except when pouring is done as a service to the patron at the patron's table or drawing is done in a portion of the premises not prohibited to minors.

(2) Except as stated in this section, it shall be unlawful to hire any person to work in connection with the sale and service of alcoholic beverages in a tribally licensed liquor establishment if such person is under the age of 21 years.


(1) Any person in possession of a valid retail liquor license, who sells liquor by the drink for consumption on the premises or sells for consumption off the premises, shall post a sign informing the public of the effects and risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

(2) The sign shall:
(A) Contain the message: "Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages, including wine, coolers and beer, during pregnancy can cause birth defects."
(B) Be either:
(i) A large sign, no smaller than eight and one-half inches by 11 inches in size with lettering no smaller than five-eighths of an inch in height; or
(ii) A reduced sign, five by seven inches in size with lettering of the same proportion as the large sign described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
(C) Contain a graphic depiction of the message to assist nonreaders in understanding the message. The depiction of a pregnant female shall be universal and shall not reflect a specific race or culture.
(D) Be in English unless a significant number of the patrons of the retail premises use a language other than English as a primary language. In such cases, the sign shall be worded both in English and the primary language or languages of the patrons.
(E) Be displayed on the premises of all licensed retail liquor premises as either a large sign at the point of entry, or a reduced sized sign at points of sale.

(3) The person described in subsection (1) of this section shall also post signs of any size at places where alcoholic beverages are displayed.


(1) Any person who violates the provisions of this Ordinance is deemed to have consented to the jurisdiction of the Tribal Court and may be subject to a civil penalty in Tribal Court for a civil infraction. Such civil penalty shall not exceed the sum of $1,000 for each such infraction, provided, however, that the penalty shall not exceed $5,000 if it involves minors.

(2) The procedures governing the adjudication in Tribal Court of such civil infractions shall be those set our in the Trial Court rules.

(3) The Tribal Council hereby specifically finds that such civil penalties are reasonably necessary and are related to the expense of governmental administration necessary in maintaining law and order and public safety on the Reservation and in managing, protecting and developing the natural resources on the Reservation. It is the legislative intent of the Tribal Council that all violations of this Chapter, whether committed by tribal members, non-member Indians, or non-Indians, be considered civil in nature rather than criminal.


(1) If a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this Ordinance to be invalid or illegal under applicable Federal or Tribal law, such provision shall be severed from this Ordinance and the remainder of this Ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.


(1) The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde agrees to perform in the same manner as any other Oregon business entity for the purpose of liquor licensing and regulations, including but not limited to licensing, compliance with the regulations of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, maintenance of liquor liability insurance, as more specifically set forth in a certain "Memorandum of Understanding Governing Liquor Licensing and Regulation," negotiated under the approved terms of the Tribal/State Compact for the regulation of Class III gaming, entered into between The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the State of Oregon, which is incorporated as if specifically set forth herein, as it may be amended from time to time.


(1) This Ordinance shall be effective upon publication in the Federal Register after approval by the Secretary of the Interior or his designee.