• Tribal government dumps Wells Fargo

    Tribal government dumps Wells Fargo

    The Grand Ronde Tribal government will no longer be doing business with Wells Fargo Bank, Tribal Council Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy announced during the Sunday, Nov. 5,…

  • Tribal Council OKs $520 timber revenue distribution

    Tribal Council OKs $520 timber revenue distribution

    The first part of the two-part puzzle for Tribal members wondering how much money they will receive on Dec. 11 was answered during the Wednesday, Nov. 15, Tribal Council…

  • Fifth History & Culture event attracts more than 250

    Fifth History & Culture event attracts more than 250

    By Danielle Frost The overall message of the two-day Grand Ronde History & Culture Summit is that Tribal culture is rich in tradition and very much alive today. The…

  • Tribal veterans address Willamina students

    Tribal veterans address Willamina students

    By Danielle Frost WILLAMINA -- Steve Bobb Sr. has served in many capacities in his lifetime, but his service as a Marine in Vietnam is at the top of the list. “I have seen…

  • New book tells early-life story of Louis Kenoyer

    New book tells early-life story of Louis Kenoyer

    “My Life, by Louis Kenoyer: Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood” Published: By Oregon State University Press in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of…

  • Chachalu is still under construction

    Chachalu is still under construction

    By Danielle Frost The fences may be coming down and the cedar plank siding is up, but eager visitors will need to wait awhile longer before visiting the expanded Chachalu…

  • Indigenous game designer draws fire for 'Thunderbird Strike' video game

    Indigenous game designer draws fire for 'Thunderbird Strike' video game

    By Danielle Frost To say that Elizabeth LaPensée’s new video game has caused a stir is a bit of an understatement. The 33-year-old former Grand Ronde-area resident and…

  • Trump administration issues Native American Heritage Month proclamation

    Trump administration issues Native American Heritage Month proclamation

    President Donald Trump issued the first Native American Heritage Month proclamation of his administration on Tuesday, Oct. 31, recognizing the month of November as a time…

  • Tribal Council members attend state consultation event

    Tribal Council members attend state consultation event

    LINCOLN CITY -- At the conclusion of the 18th annual State-Tribal Summit held Thursday, Nov. 2, at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Gov. Kate Brown signed Executive…

  • Tribal Elder Sam Dala keeps writing away

    Tribal Elder Sam Dala keeps writing away

    By Danielle Frost On any given day, Tribal Elder Samantha “Sam” Dala will be sitting at her computer, letting her imagination flow through her fingertips as she strikes the…

  • Walking On -- Geneva Mae McKnight

    Walking On -- Geneva Mae McKnight

    Geneva Mae McKnight Sept. 4, 1931 – Oct. 23, 2017 Tribal spouse Geneva Mae McKnight of Seaside was born on Sept. 4, 1931, to Albert and Minnie Howard in Lebanon, Ore. She…

  • Yesteryears -- Nov. 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Nov. 15, 2017

    2012 – For the second consecutive election, Oregonians overwhelmingly rejected the idea of allowing a private casino to be built in the Portland suburb of Wood Village.…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Oct. 23 through Nov. 5

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Oct. 23 through Nov. 5

    Monday, Oct. 23 Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle at 9615 Grand Ronde Road. Motor vehicle crash in the area of Tyee and Grand Ronde roads. Female subject was arrested…

  • Walking On -- Jeanette Jean Case

    Walking On -- Jeanette Jean Case

    Jeanette 'Jay Jay' Case March 5, 1965 – Nov. 2, 2017   Tribal member Jeanette Jean Case, 52, walked on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. She was born March 5, 1965.   A wake and…

  • General Council briefed on draft budget, Wood Village property

    General Council briefed on draft budget, Wood Village property

    Approximately 60 Tribal members attended two executive sessions in the Tribal gym on Sunday, Nov. 5, that provided confidential updates on the proposed 2018 Tribal budget…

  • Tribal Council OKs Public Records Ordinance amendments

    Tribal Council OKs Public Records Ordinance amendments

    Tribal Council approved amendments to the Public Records Ordinance on Wednesday, Nov. 1, that will expand Tribal members’ ability to request and receive public records and…

  • 34th Restoration celebration set for Nov. 22 in the Tribal gym

    34th Restoration celebration set for Nov. 22 in the Tribal gym

    If you go 34th Restoration Celebration When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. Canoe Family and program at 10 a.m., meal at noon and powwow at 3 p.m. Where: Tribal gym,…

  • Still seeking answers: Tribal member Heather Cameron has been missing for five years

    Still seeking answers: Tribal member Heather Cameron has been missing for five years

    By Danielle Frost Tonya Gleason-Shepek drove to Grand Ronde from her home in Happy Valley, some 57 miles away, to address General Council on Oct. 1, which also marked the…

  • Valeria Atanacio serves Tribe as Teen Pregnancy Prevention coordinator

    Valeria Atanacio serves Tribe as Teen Pregnancy Prevention coordinator

    Connecting with youth Tribal member returns to serve as Teen Pregnancy Prevention coordinator   By Danielle Frost Valeria Atanacio was raised as a foster youth, attended…

  • Coalition seeks to initiate positive change

    Coalition seeks to initiate positive change

    By Danielle Frost What constitutes substance use – and abuse – can be a touchy subject and garner as many opinions as those discussing it. However, there’s one point most can…

  • First 'Chat With the Chief' held

    First 'Chat With the Chief' held

    By Danielle Frost It’s not common to see citizens and police officers breaking garlic bread together, but that’s exactly what happened in Grand Ronde recently. In an effort…

  • Letters to the Editor -- Nov. 1, 2017

    Letters to the Editor -- Nov. 1, 2017

    Dear Smoke Signals: As Thanksgiving 2017 approaches, I wanted to tell the Tribe how grateful I am and how fortunate I feel for being a member of the Confederated Tribes of…