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 Historical Society for being one of four History Makers for 2012. The next night, Harrison accepted the 2012 Betty Roberts Women in Leadership Award, hosted by Emerge Oregon, a Portland-based training program for Democratic women.


2007 – The southern expansion of Spirit Mountain Casino was set to be complete five months ahead of schedule. During the monthly General Council meeting, Interim General Manager Roy Rhode credited good fall weather with helping contractors finish ahead of schedule.

2002 – Tribal Elder Don Simmons was featured in a front-page article that chronicled his transformation from homelessness and addiction to becoming an avid runner and cyclist. “Running saved my life,” he said.

1997 – Tribal physician Dr. James P. Molloy III became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was one of 500 family physicians from across the United States to receive the honor, which recognized those who made a difference in their local communities through service and professional development.

1992 – Camille VanVleet resigned as the Tribe’s drug and alcohol prevention counselor after 3.5 years. She left to finish her bachelor’s degree at Linfield College.

1987 – Nan Knight became the second Tribal member to receive a minority student tuition and fees scholarship for the 1987-88 school year at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. The scholarship totaled $7,830 for up to five years. She planned to major in mechanical engineering.


Yesteryears is a look back at Tribal history in five-year increments through the pages of Smoke Signals.