• Total eclipse of the Lodge: Grand Ronde prepares for totality in August

    Total eclipse of the Lodge: Grand Ronde prepares for totality in August

    This summer, when day turns to night around 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in Grand Ronde, employees at Spirit Mountain Casino plan to be ready to witness celestial history. When…

  • State Board of Education OKs Banks-Grand Ronde Native mascot agreement

    State Board of Education OKs Banks-Grand Ronde Native mascot agreement

    SALEM -- The Oregon Board of Education unanimously approved the first Tribal-school district agreement that will officially allow Banks to retain its Braves mascot as it…

  • Walking On -- Caroleen

    Walking On -- Caroleen "Carol" Rita Phelps

    Caroleen “Carol” Rita Phelps Nov. 8, 1942 – March 8, 2017 Tribal Elder Caroleen Rita Phelps, 74, was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Carl Oswald and Nettie Eve…

  • '21 Money' meeting draws large crowd to discuss trust funds

    '21 Money' meeting draws large crowd to discuss trust funds

    All Tribal Council members attended a meeting held at the Tribal Community Center on Wednesday, March 15, to support an ongoing discussion about how the Tribe can help young…

  • Spirit Mountain Community Fund tops $73 million in charitable giving

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund tops $73 million in charitable giving

    New Spirit Mountain Community Fund Director Mychal Cherry presided over her first quarterly check distribution on Wednesday, March 15, which saw the Tribe’s charitable arm…

  • Walking On - William

    Walking On - William "Dino" Dean Payne Jr.

    William “Dino” Dean Payne Jr. Nov. 23, 1959 – March 11, 2017 Tribal Elder William “Dino” Dean Payne Jr., 57, was born on Nov. 23, 1959, to Myrna and Bruce Brickell in Ukiah,…

  • M16 shell breast plate donated to Tribe is missing

    M16 shell breast plate donated to Tribe is missing

    A breast plate made of spent brass M16 shells that was donated to the Grand Ronde Tribe during the 2016 Veterans Powwow has gone missing and Crime Stoppers of Oregon is…

  • Tribal Council renews Table Rocks agreement

    Tribal Council renews Table Rocks agreement

    By Bethany Bea Smoke Signals Intern After several months of review, the Tribe is continuing its partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Nature Conservancy…

  • Grand Ronde police joining Polk County support effort

    Grand Ronde police joining Polk County support effort

    Grand Ronde Police Lt. Tim Hernandez will participate in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s soon-to-be formed peer support group for officers involved in police…

  • Tribal member Matt Lux wins Oregon elk calling title

    Tribal member Matt Lux wins Oregon elk calling title

    By Bethany Bea Smoke Signals Intern Grand Ronde Tribal member Matt Lux is the best elk caller in Oregon for the third time. On Saturday, March 18, he’ll see if he’s the best…

  • Youth Council biographies

    Youth Council biographies

    Dominik Briant Hi, my name is Dominik Briant. I’m in the eighth grade at Willamina Middle School and I am 13 years old. I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of…

  • Walking On -- William Wilfred McGee

    Walking On -- William Wilfred McGee

    William Wilfred McGee April 10, 1951 – Feb. 24, 2017 Tribal Elder William Wilfred McGee, 65, was born on April 10, 1951, in Salem, Ore., to Fredrick and Deloris McGee and…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Feb. 26 - March 11

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Feb. 26 - March 11

    Sunday, Feb. 26 Tribal police assisted Oregon State Police with two crashes on Salmon River Highway. Both were vehicles that crashed in the ditch due to snow…

  • Letters to the Editor -- March 15, 2017

    Letters to the Editor -- March 15, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: My name is Angela Schlappie. I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a volunteer for the Tribal Member Review Board. I always see the…

  • Yesteryears -- March 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- March 15, 2017

    2012 – The successful partnerships that the Grand Ronde Tribe built in the Portland metropolitan area paid surprising dividends when cedar bark and yew trees from the…

  • Employees honored for combined 549 years of service to Tribe

    Employees honored for combined 549 years of service to Tribe

    Member Services Manager Penny DeLoe led a contingent of seven Tribal employees who have reached the 20 year or more mark in service to the Tribe during the first-quarter…

  • Oregon residents can now have income tax withheld from payments

    Oregon residents can now have income tax withheld from payments

    ANNOUNCEMENT   The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde recently implemented a process that will allow all Tribal Members who reside in the State of Oregon the option of…

  • Tribal Police Station blessed, opened on Tuesday, March 7

    Tribal Police Station blessed, opened on Tuesday, March 7

    The Grand Ronde Police Department has a new home at 9655 Grand Ronde Road, just south of the Food Bank and across the street from the Housing Department’s main…

  • General Council briefed on re-organized Cultural Resources Department

    General Council briefed on re-organized Cultural Resources Department

    Cultural Resources Department Manager David Harrelson briefed the membership on the newly re-organized Cultural Resources Department during the Sunday, March 5, General…

  • OPB to air 'Broken Treaties' on Monday, March 20

    OPB to air 'Broken Treaties' on Monday, March 20

    If you watch “Broken Treaties” When: 9 p.m. Monday, March 20; repeats 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 22. Where: Oregon Public Broadcasting. Check your TV provider’s listings for…

  • Community meetings slated to discuss '21 Money'

    Community meetings slated to discuss '21 Money'

    Tribal members have heard horror stories of Tribal youth receiving their “21 Money” – per capita that has been invested for them from birth until they reach 18 years of age…

  • Tribal Council creates Cultural Resource Reserve Fund

    Tribal Council creates Cultural Resource Reserve Fund

    By Bethany Bea Smoke Signals Intern The Grand Ronde Tribe now has a Cultural Resource Reserve Fund to ensure the Tribe’s ability to preserve, manage and protect cultural…