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 the Oregon economy. The analysis was conducted in response to two statewide measures on the ballot that would permit a privately owned casino in Wood Village.
2007 – Darryl Pitt, a New York City-based meteorite collector, planned to auction off an almost 30-pound part of Tomanowos, also known as the 15.5-ton Willamette meteorite, at Bonhams’ Madison Avenue location later in the month. The Tribe said that it was “deeply saddened” that he was selling a sacred and historic artifact.
2002 – Grand Ronde Tribal Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy helped dedicate the Fort Hoskins Interpretive Center in Benton County during an opening ceremony. She said the opening was a “time of healing” and she hoped Oregon’s Native Americans will never have to look back on a history like this again.
1997 – Pierson Mitchell blessed the new Health & Wellness Center. Honored guests included Anna and Rudy Clements of Warm Springs. “A blessing is necessary in order to ensure the clinic is a place of health and healing,” said Patti Tom-Martin, a member of the Health Committee.
1992 – Tribal Judge Les Marston swore in new Tribal Council members Ed Larsen, Kathryn Harrison and Andrew Jenness.
1987 – Mark Mercier, Henry Petite and Candy Robertson were elected to three-year terms on Tribal Council; Russ Leno, Kathryn Harrison and Val Grout were elected to two-year terms; and Merle Leno, Raymond McKnight and Eugene LaBonte won one-year terms, starting the Tribal practice of three council seats up for election every year.
Yesteryears is a look back at Tribal history in five-year increments through the pages of Smoke Signals.