• British Museum loaning Tribe Summers Collection items for 2018 exhibit

    British Museum loaning Tribe Summers Collection items for 2018 exhibit

    By Danielle Frost Thirty years is the amount of time that dozens of Tribal employees and representatives have invested in seeking the return of the Summers Collection to…

  • Pacific lamprey breeding above Fall Creek Dam thanks to Tribal efforts

    Pacific lamprey breeding above Fall Creek Dam thanks to Tribal efforts

    By Danielle Frost PORTLAND -- The Tribal Natural Resources Department’s ongoing research project to see if it could increase the number of Pacific lamprey has been…

  • Community Fund surpasses $76 million mark in giving

    Community Fund surpasses $76 million mark in giving

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, surpassed the $76 million mark in giving on Wednesday, Dec. 13, when it…

  • Martineau recounts overcoming addiction in 'Awan'

    Martineau recounts overcoming addiction in 'Awan'

    By Danielle Frost Joe Martineau endured a childhood few could imagine. Taken from his Reservation as a young boy in the early 1960s, he lived in more than a dozen foster…

  • Tribal police planning more patrols over holidays

    Tribal police planning more patrols over holidays

    Between Friday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Jan. 1, the Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department will be participating in a high visibility enforcement grant sponsored by Oregon Impact,…

  • Walking On -- Mary Frances Ring

    Walking On -- Mary Frances Ring

    Mary Frances Ring May 19, 1953 – Nov. 22, 2017 Tribal Elder Mary Frances Ring, 64, was born on May 19, 1953, and joined the heavenly hosts on Wednesday, Nov. 22,…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Nov. 27-Dec. 10

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Nov. 27-Dec. 10

    Monday, Nov. 27 Suspicious activity reported in the 27100 block of Salmon River Highway. Forgery reported in the 27100 block of Salmon River Highway. Alarm in the 48000…

  • Letters to the Editor -- Dec. 15, 2017

    Letters to the Editor -- Dec. 15, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: Our nation recently celebrated Thanksgiving Day. To me, Thanksgiving is not about an opulent meal; it is to remember that our ancestors reached out to…

  • Yesteryears -- Dec. 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Dec. 15, 2017

    2012 – The second annual Salmon Celebration began in the rain at the Tribal fish weir. At the start of the ceremony, Travis Mercier welcomed “our relatives home for the…

  • Tribal Council OKs education expansion project

    Tribal Council OKs education expansion project

    Tribal Council approved a $739,500 contract with Whisler Construction of Otis on Wednesday, Dec. 13, to expand the Early Childhood and Youth Education areas of the Tribe’s…

  • Walking On -- Steven L. Hudson

    Walking On -- Steven L. Hudson

    Steven Leslie Hudson Dec. 25, 1955 – Dec. 6, 2017 Tribal Elder Steven Leslie Hudson, 61, a resident of Grand Ronde walked on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Salem Hospital. He…

  • General Council briefed on Lands Department

    General Council briefed on Lands Department

    By Dean Rhodes For the first time ever, the Tribe has taken land outside of Yamhill, Polk and Tillamook counties into trust with the 97-acre Rattlesnake Butte property in…

  • Walking On - Pearl Langley Lyon

    Walking On - Pearl Langley Lyon

    Pearl Hughberta Langley Lyon Feb. 20, 1912 – Nov. 29, 2017 Tribal Elder Pearl Langley Lyon was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Tillamook, Ore., to Emma Zuercher and James Langley. She…

  • Tribe's Wellness Center responding to nationwide opioid crisis

    Tribe's Wellness Center responding to nationwide opioid crisis

    By Danielle Frost Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, many in Grand Ronde who use opioid medications to relieve pain will no longer be able to access them due to mandates from federal…

  • Pearl Lyon, Tribe's eldest Elder, walks on

    Pearl Lyon, Tribe's eldest Elder, walks on

    Pearl Hughberta Lyon, the Tribe’s eldest Elder at 105 years of age, walked on in the early morning of Wednesday, Nov. 29, in McMinnville, Tribal Council member Denise Harvey…

  • Tribal Council, DEQ staff discuss water quality

    Tribal Council, DEQ staff discuss water quality

    Tribal Council held a 90-minute government-to-government meeting with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality staff, including Director Richard Whitman, on Monday, Nov.…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Nov. 6-26

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Nov. 6-26

    Monday, Nov. 6 Suspicious activity in the area of milepost 22 on Salmon River Highway. Theft in the 100 block of Wind River Drive. Assist outside agency with suspicious…

  • Letters to the Editor -- Dec. 1, 2017

    Letters to the Editor -- Dec. 1, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: On behalf of the Veterans Committee, many thanks to all the volunteers, moms, Royalty and all those who attended this year’s Veterans Day meal on Nov. 11.…

  • Yesteryears -- Dec. 1, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Dec. 1, 2017

    2012 – Redmond Police Department veteran Alvin LaChance Jr. was sworn in as Grand Ronde’s first Tribal Police chief during what Tribal Council Vice Chair Jack Giffen Jr.…

  • Tribal Council OKs new public transit contracts

    Tribal Council OKs new public transit contracts

    Tribal Council approved new public transit contracts on Wednesday, Nov. 29, that will change how Grand Ronde-area residents travel to Lincoln City and Salem beginning in…

  • Tribe celebrates 34th anniversary of Restoration

    Tribe celebrates 34th anniversary of Restoration

    By Danielle Frost From recognition of aging Restoration Elders to a powwow featuring the youngest Tribal members, the Grand Ronde Tribe’s 34th Restoration Celebration of…

  • Walking On -- Karel Ann Ling

    Walking On -- Karel Ann Ling

    Karel Ann Ling March 23, 1940 – Nov. 3, 2017 Tribal Elder Karel Ann (Gregg) Ling, 77, was called to our Heavenly Father on the morning of Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Kailua,…