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The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

An effort to place a historical marker in Philomath, a rural fire district, the local primary school and two food distribution organizations received grants through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the organization announced.

The Shipley Historical Marker Association received a $3,900 grant to go toward the cost of preparing and installing the special marker, which is proposed to go up in Newton Creek Park along Main Street in east Philomath. The marker will recognize the life and contributions of Reuben Shipley and Mary Jane Drake, and also outlines the historical significance of Mount Union Cemetery.

Clemens Primary School in Philomath received a $3,160 grant to help purchase books for students during its “Book Week” activities.

The Blodgett-Summit Rural Fire Protection District received $3,100 to replace AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for use by emergency responders.

Philomath Community Gleaners and the Coastal Range Food Bank each received $2,000 grants. The gleaners, which is part of Philomath Community Services, will use the money for food resources. The Coastal Range Food Bank in Blodgett will use the money for food to assist people within its service area.

In all, Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund doled out $123,344.29 to 38 organizations this quarter. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $15.4 million since its inception in 2001. has no paywall and to keep it that way, we rely on voluntary memberships. If you’re already a member, thank you for contributing. To join our community as a member or to make a one-time contribution, please CLICK HERE.