• Police Chief Jake McKnight returns from intensive FBI training session

    Police Chief Jake McKnight returns from intensive FBI training session

    If you go Chat With the Chief When: Noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 Where: Grand Ronde Police Department, 9655 Grand Ronde Road. Lunch will be provided. More information:…

  • Health & Wellness Center celebrates 20th anniversary

    Health & Wellness Center celebrates 20th anniversary

    By Danielle Frost Anticipation from the more than 100 people in attendance filled the air at the Grand Ronde Health & Wellness Center as the Veterans Color Guard brought…

  • Tribal Council appoints Community Fund trustees

    Tribal Council appoints Community Fund trustees

    Effects of the Sept. 9 Tribal election that saw longtime Tribal Council member Reyn Leno retire from office continued during the Wednesday, Oct. 11, Tribal Council meeting…

  • Minor trust fund process wraps up

    Minor trust fund process wraps up

    By Danielle Frost Whether one looks at college athletes turning pro, a person receiving an inheritance or lottery winners, the influx of sudden, substantial wealth can spell…

  • Tribe hosting fifth annual History & Culture Summit

    Tribe hosting fifth annual History & Culture Summit

    If you go Grand Ronde History & Culture Summit When: 8 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 1-2 Where: Grand Ronde Tribal gym, 9615 Grand Ronde Road Cost:…

  • Former Tribal Council member Wesley West walks on

    Former Tribal Council member Wesley West walks on

    Former Tribal Council member Wesley “Buddy” West walked on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the age of 75. He was born on Oct. 1, 1942, and grew up in the eastern Oregon community of…

  • Employees recognized for 852 years of service to Tribe

    Employees recognized for 852 years of service to Tribe

    By Danielle Frost Sixty-eight employees were honored for a combined 852 years of service to the Grand Ronde Tribe during a third-quarter Years of Service ceremony held on…

  • Tribe concerned about Trump administration changes to  Portland Harbor cleanup

    Tribe concerned about Trump administration changes to Portland Harbor cleanup

    An apparent change of course by the Trump administration regarding cleaning up toxic pollution along the Willamette River in Portland is of concern to the Grand Ronde Tribe…

  • Walking On -- Darrel Leroy Mercier

    Walking On -- Darrel Leroy Mercier

    Darrel Leroy Mercier Sept. 23, 1929 – Sept. 22, 2017 Tribal Elder Darrel Leroy Mercier, a lifelong resident of Grand Ronde, Ore., walked on Friday, Sept. 22, within two miles…

  • Police Log -- Sept. 20 through Oct. 8

    Police Log -- Sept. 20 through Oct. 8

    Wednesday, Sept. 20 Theft in the 26800 block of Salmon River Highway. Male subject was issued a citation to appear on the charge of theft in the third degree. Non-injury…

  • Yesteryears -- Oct. 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Oct. 15, 2017

    2012 – Tribal Elder and former Tribal Council Chairwoman Kathryn Harrison was named “History Maker” and “Woman of the Year” in the same week. She was honored by the Oregon…

  • Walking On -- Wesley

    Walking On -- Wesley "Buddy" West

    Wesley “Buddy” West Oct. 1, 1942 – Oct. 7, 2017 Grand Ronde Tribal Elder Wesley “Buddy” Wheaton West walked on Saturday, Oct. 7, at his home in Grand Ronde surrounded by…

  • Tribal police help apprehend suspected bank robber

    Tribal police help apprehend suspected bank robber

    By Danielle Frost A Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department car was damaged in a high-speed pursuit through Polk County on Friday, Sept. 29, but no Tribal police officers were…

  • General Council briefed on Tribe's financial status in executive session

    General Council briefed on Tribe's financial status in executive session

    More than 40 Tribal members were briefed on the Tribe’s overall financial status by Finance Officer Chris Leno during the Sunday, Oct. 1, General Council meeting held in the…

  • Tribe holds annual Coffee & Conversation event in Medford

    Tribe holds annual Coffee & Conversation event in Medford

    MEDFORD – The Grand Ronde Tribe held its sixth Coffee & Conversation event in southern Oregon on Friday, Sept. 29, to commemorate the 1853 treaty signing at Table Rock…

  • Native American absenteeism rates improving in Willamina

    Native American absenteeism rates improving in Willamina

    First-year numbers recently released by the Oregon Department of Education indicate that an effort to combat Native American student chronic absenteeism in the Willamina…

  • Health & Wellness Center celebrating 20th anniversary

    Health & Wellness Center celebrating 20th anniversary

    If you go Health & Wellness Center 20th anniversary event When: 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 Where: Health & Wellness Center, 9615 Grand Ronde Road More information:…

  • Manangan possesses deep Oregon roots

    Manangan possesses deep Oregon roots

    While most Grand Ronde Tribal members know that their Native lineage traces back through time immemorial before written records were kept, Tribal Elder Rosetta LaBonte…

  • Tribal Council changes authorized signers

    Tribal Council changes authorized signers

    It happens most every fall after Tribal elections: Tribal Council removes and appoints signers on Tribal bank accounts, credit cards and lines of credit. It was no…

  • Danielle Frost joins Smoke Signals staff

    Danielle Frost joins Smoke Signals staff

    Danielle Frost, a 19-year veteran of Pacific Northwest journalism, joined the staff of Smoke Signals on Tuesday, Sept. 26, as the staff writer. Frost hails from the Seattle…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Sept. 6-19

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Sept. 6-19

    Wednesday, Sept. 6 Assist outside agency with a dispute in the area of Alvord Alley. Thursday, Sept. 7 Failure to perform the duties of a driver – property damage…

  • Yesteryears -- Oct. 1, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Oct. 1, 2017

    2012 – The nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office found that a huge casino in east Multnomah County would probably cost state and local governments money and likely shrink…