• Eclipse prompts change to Grand Ronde Contest Powwow

    Eclipse prompts change to Grand Ronde Contest Powwow

    If you go Grand Ronde Contest Powwow When: Grand entries are at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; and noon Sunday, Aug. 20 Where: Uyxat Powwow Grounds,…

  • Schrader visits Tribe's Natural Resources Department

    Schrader visits Tribe's Natural Resources Department

    U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader received a crash course in the Tribe’s natural resources efforts during a one-hour visit to the Tribe’s Natural Resources Department on Tuesday, Aug.…

  • Smoke Signals wins five NAJA awards

    Smoke Signals wins five NAJA awards

    Smoke Signals, the bimonthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, won five awards from the Native American Journalists Association for stories and photos…

  • Will 700-vote mark be surpassed during 2017 election?

    Will 700-vote mark be surpassed during 2017 election?

    In the history of Grand Ronde Tribal Council elections since Restoration in 1983, only six candidates have ever garnered 600 or more votes and no candidate has ever received…

  • Effect of Cowlitz casino on Tribe not as dire as feared so far

    Effect of Cowlitz casino on Tribe not as dire as feared so far

    When the Cowlitz Tribe opened its new casino, ilani, in late April, Grand Ronde Tribal representatives and Spirit Mountain Casino executives braced for a possible…

  • Dakota Whitecloud walks on at age 69

    Dakota Whitecloud walks on at age 69

    Tribal Elder Dakota Rae Sangretta-Whitecloud, a former longtime Tribal employee and two-time Tribal Council candidate, walked on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the age of…

  • Public transit options changing in Grand Ronde

    Public transit options changing in Grand Ronde

    Grand Ronde-area residents who rely on public transit to get to and from Salem will have a new ride starting in 2018. On July 27, the Salem Area Mass Transit District Board…

  • Tribe starts LISTSERV service

    Tribe starts LISTSERV service

    In an effort to continue improving communication with Tribal members, the Tribe is starting a LISTSERV service that will allow for multiple e-mail distribution groups to be…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log: July 23 - Aug. 5

    Grand Ronde Police Log: July 23 - Aug. 5

    Sunday, July 23 Tribal police located a person of interest for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A suspect in multiple crimes was arrested by another agency. Tribal…

  • Walking On - Brandon Jesse Robertson

    Walking On - Brandon Jesse Robertson

    Brandon Jesse Robertson Oct. 30, 1980 – June 27, 2017 Grand Ronde Tribal member Brandon Jesse Robertson, 36, beloved father, brother and son, passed over to the Spirit World…

  • Yesteryears -- Aug. 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Aug. 15, 2017

    2012 – The Grand Ronde Tribe was in the process of having two electric car charging stations installed at the Tribal convenience store on state Highway 18, making the Tribe…

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

    Letters to the Editor -- Aug. 15, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: I am writing on behalf of my husband, who is a Tribal member. Due to health concerns, his doctor strongly recommended that he move to a cooler climate…

  • Tribal Council OKs Dec. 11 per capita payment date

    Tribal Council OKs Dec. 11 per capita payment date

    Tribal members who wait to receive the December per capita payment before starting their Christmas shopping will have exactly two weeks to buy yuletide gifts. Tribal…

  • Community Fund celebrates 20th anniversary of giving

    Community Fund celebrates 20th anniversary of giving

    PORTLAND – As invited guests entered Oregon Health & Science University’s pavilion overlooking the picturesque Tilikum Crossing spanning the Willamette River for the 20th…

  • Tribal gym open as cooling center through Aug. 4

    Tribal gym open as cooling center through Aug. 4

    Due to possible triple-digit temperatures in the Grand Ronde area during the week of Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 4, the Tribal gym will be open as a cooling…

  • Grand Ronde Tribe preparing for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

    Grand Ronde Tribe preparing for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

    It may be the most anticipated 101 seconds in the modern history of the Grand Ronde area. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will race across the United States, making…

  • Canoe Family begins paddle to Campbell River, British Columbia

    Canoe Family begins paddle to Campbell River, British Columbia

    The Grand Ronde Canoe Family and Tribal support staff began the annual Canoe Journey on Saturday, July 29, by leaving Grand Ronde and driving to a campground near Blaine in…

  • Previous Tribal Council experience appears to be an advantage during elections

    Previous Tribal Council experience appears to be an advantage during elections

    Being a Tribal Council incumbent or having previous Tribal Council service on your candidate resume is an advantage in running for a Grand Ronde Tribal Council seat, a…

  • Tribal newspaper wins three ONPA awards

    Tribal newspaper wins three ONPA awards

    Smoke Signals, the Tribal newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, received three awards in the Associate Member contest put on by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- July 11-22

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- July 11-22

    Tuesday, July 11 Suspicious activity reported on Blacktail Drive. Tribal police responded and investigated. Suspicious activity reported at Big Buck campground. Officers…

  • Yesteryears -- Aug. 1, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Aug. 1, 2017

    2012 – Two measures that would have amended the Oregon Constitution to allow private casinos in the state and another that would specifically approve one going into the…

  • Tribal Council OKs 2017 hunting seasons, tags

    Tribal Council OKs 2017 hunting seasons, tags

    For the third time since the state of Oregon agreed to the Tribal Wildlife Management Plan in September 2014, Tribal Council has exercised sovereignty to declare hunting…