• Langley tops 700 votes in council race; Mercier and Leno elected

    Langley tops 700 votes in council race; Mercier and Leno elected

    Former Spirit Mountain Casino Internal Auditor Michael Langley became the first candidate ever to receive more than 700 votes on Saturday, Sept. 9, when he was elected during…

  • Walking On -- June E. McKnight

    Walking On -- June E. McKnight

    June E. McKnight June 9, 1930 – Sept. 14, 2017 Tribal Elder June Everetta McKnight, 87, a resident of Salem walked on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at her home. She was born June…

  • Tribal Council elects Kennedy as chair, Mercier as vice chair

    Tribal Council elects Kennedy as chair, Mercier as vice chair

    Longtime Tribal Council member Cheryle A. Kennedy was re-elected as Tribal Council chairwoman on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and former Tribal Council Chairman Chris Mercier…

  • Former Tribal Chairman Reyn Leno bids farewell, but leaves door open for possible return

    Former Tribal Chairman Reyn Leno bids farewell, but leaves door open for possible return

    (Editor’s note: Former Tribal Council Chairman Reynold L. Leno, 66, retired from office after spending 21 consecutive years on Tribal Council and winning seven straight…

  • Community Fund surpasses 2,500 grants

    Community Fund surpasses 2,500 grants

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s first quarterly check presentation since celebrating its 20th anniversary on July 29 propelled the fund past the 2,500 mark in the number of…

  • General Council briefed on casino in executive session

    General Council briefed on casino in executive session

    By Michelle Alaimo Smoke Signals photojournalist Spirit Mountain Casino General Manager Stan Dillon gave the Tribal membership an update on the casino’s current and future…

  • Warms Springs Tribal member Karlen Yallup named new Hatfield Fellow

    Warms Springs Tribal member Karlen Yallup named new Hatfield Fellow

    By Angela Sears Community Fund program coordinator Karlen Yallup, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, has been selected as the 2017-18 Hatfield Fellow and…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Aug. 6-Sept. 5

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Aug. 6-Sept. 5

    Sunday, Aug. 6 Assist outside agency for a domestic disturbance in the area of Alvord Alley. Male subject was arrested and transported to Polk County Jail. Reported…

  • Walking On -- Charles A. Landon

    Walking On -- Charles A. Landon

    Charles A. Landon April 24, 1947 – July 23, 2017 Tribal Elder Charles A. Landon walked on Sunday, July 23, at the age of 70. He was born April 24, 1947. He was preceded in…

  • Yesteryears -- Sept. 15, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Sept. 15, 2017

    2012 – Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nature Conservancy and staff members from the offices of Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and…

  • Tribal Council approves 'greener' purchasing policy

    Tribal Council approves 'greener' purchasing policy

    Tribal Council approved amendments to the Tribe’s Procurement Ordinance on Wednesday, Sept. 6, that will require the Tribe to purchase environmentally friendly products and…

  • Reibach receives three Native American Music Awards nominations

    Reibach receives three Native American Music Awards nominations

    Tribal member Jan Looking Wolf Reibach received three Native American Music Awards nominations when they were announced Thursday, Sept. 7, in New York City. Reibach was…

  • Tribal Election Day is Sept. 9

    Tribal Election Day is Sept. 9

    Tribal Election Day is Saturday, Sept. 9. This year’s Tribal Council candidates for three open seats are incumbents Tonya Gleason-Shepek and Chris Mercier, and challengers…

  • Contest Powwow attracts large number of dancers

    Contest Powwow attracts large number of dancers

    Maybe it was the total solar eclipse occurring on Monday, Aug. 21. Or perhaps it was the fact that there were no competing powwows in the Pacific Northwest. Or it could have…

  • 2017 Contest Powwow winners

    2017 Contest Powwow winners

    Junior Girls Jingle: Analynn Olney, Yakama, first; Alayna Bevis, Umatilla, second; Davianna Madera, Colville/Blackfeet, third; Dinaye Sayer, Dine/Cree, fourth; and Victoria…

  • Canoe Journey to Campbell River went well

    Canoe Journey to Campbell River went well

    One advantage to the 2017 Canoe Journey being held in Campbell River, British Columbia, was that the Grand Ronde Canoe Family was among the first Tribes to participate in…

  • Yesteryears -- Sept. 1, 2017

    Yesteryears -- Sept. 1, 2017

    2012 – The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission voted against a proposal that sought to allow Oregon’s first non-Tribal casino to be built in the east Portland…

  • Walking On - Dakota Rae Sangretta-Whitecloud

    Walking On - Dakota Rae Sangretta-Whitecloud

    Dakota Rae Sangretta-Whitecloud Nov. 11, 1947 – Aug. 10, 2017 Tribal Elder Dakota Rae Sangretta-Whitecloud, 69, born Nov. 11, 1947, crossed over Aug. 10, 2017, after…

  • Tribal Council OKs grant applications, RFP, Housing agreement

    Tribal Council OKs grant applications, RFP, Housing agreement

    Tribal Council approved two grant applications, a request for proposals and a Housing Department agreement during its Wednesday, Aug. 23, meeting. The first grant application…

  • Skies clear over Grand Ronde for total solar eclipse

    Skies clear over Grand Ronde for total solar eclipse

    For 101 seconds beginning at 10:17 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, the temperature in Grand Ronde dipped noticeably, street lights in Tribal Elder housing activated and the sun…

  • Walking On -- Monica L. Tinoco

    Walking On -- Monica L. Tinoco

    Monica L. Tinoco Dec. 15, 1969 – Aug. 15, 2017 Tribal member Monica L. Tinoco, 47, walked on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the…

  • 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.…