• Spirit Mountain Casino accentuating its Vegas-style slot machines

    Spirit Mountain Casino accentuating its Vegas-style slot machines

    With the opening of the new Cowlitz Tribal casino 15 miles north of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area on Monday, April 24, the differences between gaming in Oregon and…

  • GIS Analyst Alex Drake is named Tribe's first drone pilot

    GIS Analyst Alex Drake is named Tribe's first drone pilot

    Blending ancient values with new technology continues to permeate throughout every program the Grand Ronde Tribe has created for the benefit of the membership. The latest…

  • Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday, May 29

    Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday, May 29

    If you go 15th Memorial Day Ceremony When: Noon Monday, May 29 Where: Tribal Community Center & West Valley Veterans Memorial, 9615 Grand Ronde Road More info:…

  • Erosion of Tribal Cemetery riverbank being examined

    Erosion of Tribal Cemetery riverbank being examined

    Tribal Council unanimously signed an authorization to proceed on March 23 allowing Engineering and Public Works Manager Jesse White to seek a geotechnical engineer to help…

  • George nomination to Environmental Quality Commission moves to full Senate for vote

    George nomination to Environmental Quality Commission moves to full Senate for vote

    The Oregon Senate Rules Committee moved the nomination of Grand Ronde Tribal Council member Kathleen George as one of three new members of the state Environmental Quality…

  • Cow Creek leader Sue Shaffer walks on

    Cow Creek leader Sue Shaffer walks on

    Indian Country lost a big leader in a small package when former longtime Cow Creek Chairwoman Sue Shaffer walked on on Tuesday, April 11, in Roseburg at the age of…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- April 9-22

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- April 9-22

    Sunday, April 9 Tribal police assisted a motorist with their disabled vehicle. Suspected drugs were found in the 27000 block of Salmon River Highway. Tribal police are…

  • Yesteryears -- May 1, 2017

    Yesteryears -- May 1, 2017

    2012 – Approximately 250 federal and Tribal leaders and staff members attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Tribal Leaders’ Summit held April 30 through…

  • Tribal Council OKs grant applications for EPA funds in jeopardy

    Tribal Council OKs grant applications for EPA funds in jeopardy

    Tribal Council approved three grant applications during its Wednesday, April 19, meeting, including one to the Environmental Protection Agency that might be in peril…

  • Walking On - Debra Kay Wible

    Walking On - Debra Kay Wible

    Debra “Debbie” Kay Wible June 29, 1961 – April 15, 2017 Tribal Elder Debra “Debbie” Kay Wible, 55, a resident of Grand Ronde, walked on on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in…

  • Walking On - David

    Walking On - David "Duke" A. Olson

    David “Duke” Albert Olson July 18, 1946 – April 14, 2017 Tribal spouse and former Tribal employee David “Duke” Albert Olson of Grand Ronde, Ore., walked on on Friday, April…

  • Grant application seeks comments

    Grant application seeks comments

    Notice of planned ICDBG application & Community Development Statement on Behavioral Health Addition to the Health & Wellness Center   Tribal Council reviewed options…

  • Cultural Resources staff members begin the 'gathering season'

    Cultural Resources staff members begin the 'gathering season'

    The Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department has started its annual spring gathering activities in and around the Reservation. Staff members have been gathering willows and…

  • Grand Ronde students preparing for Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

    Grand Ronde students preparing for Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

    By Bethany Bea Smoke Signals Intern As the nation awaits this summer’s total solar eclipse, a group of Grand Ronde students is preparing for it. The students, along with…

  • Native grads receive state support regarding attire

    Native grads receive state support regarding attire

    Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Salam Noor recently sent a letter to Oregon school districts encouraging them to work with Tribes and Tribal…

  • Lewis nominated for Higher Education Award

    Lewis nominated for Higher Education Award

    SALEM – Tribal member David Lewis was one of three nominees for the Willamette Heritage Center’s 25th annual Heritage Award for Higher Education. The Higher Education Award…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- March 26-April 8

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- March 26-April 8

    Sunday, March 26 During a traffic stop, Tribal police encountered a male making suicidal comments. The Polk County Mobile Crisis Team was called. Tribal police assisted…

  • Letters to the Editor -- April 15, 2017

    Letters to the Editor -- April 15, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: I am writing to express my gratitude to the Tribe for allowing me to serve on the Enrollment Board for the last three years. Although difficult and…

  • Yesteryears -- April 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- April 15, 2017

    2012 – Tribal members were preparing to vote on a constitutional change that would institute a primary election process. The proposal would create a primary election if the…

  • Walking On - Rose Starr-Peters

    Walking On - Rose Starr-Peters

    Rose Starr-Peters Dec. 5, 1956 – April 7, 2017 Tribal spouse Rose Starr-Peters, 60, was a proud member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and came from the Wind River Indian…

  • Thirty Tribal members appointed to committees, special event boards

    Thirty Tribal members appointed to committees, special event boards

    Thirty Tribal members were appointed or re-appointed to the numerous Tribal committees and special event boards during the Wednesday, April 5, Tribal Council meeting. The…

  • General Council, short of quorum, turns into informational session about TERO

    General Council, short of quorum, turns into informational session about TERO

    EUGENE – Maybe it was the general despondency throughout the state regarding the previous night’s loss by the University of Oregon Ducks in the Final Four. Or perhaps it was…