• Tribal member Lisa Watson becomes Portland City Club's first Native American female leader

    Tribal member Lisa Watson becomes Portland City Club's first Native American female leader

    By Danielle Frost PORTLAND -- Tribal member Lisa Watson smiles when she is asked about her quick rise from member to president of what is known to many as Portland’s most…

  • Tribal police assist in Highway 22 meth bust

    Tribal police assist in Highway 22 meth bust

    By Danielle Frost Grand Ronde Tribal Police assisted with a traffic stop that yielded a quarter-pound bag of methamphetamine. On Sunday, Jan. 14, at approximately 12:23 p.m.,…

  • Native American four-year graduation rates remain a concern

    Native American four-year graduation rates remain a concern

    By Danielle Frost At first glance, the graduation statistics for American Indian/Alaska Native students at Willamina High School appear alarming, with just slightly more…

  • Youth Education discusses successes, offerings

    Youth Education discusses successes, offerings

    By Danielle Frost Youth Education means something different depending on who is asked. To some youths, it is a place to play basketball after school; to others, tutoring and…

  • General Council briefed on Health & Wellness efforts

    General Council briefed on Health & Wellness efforts

    Health Services Executive Director Kelly Rowe briefed General Council on planned improvements and programs at the Tribal Health & Wellness Center in 2018 during the…

  • Walking On -- Opal M. Davidson

    Walking On -- Opal M. Davidson

    Opal Davidson April 19, 1915 – Dec. 27, 2017 Opal Davidson, a lifelong resident of Grand Ronde, walked on Dec. 27, 2017, at the age of 102.

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Dec. 25 through Jan. 7

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Dec. 25 through Jan. 7

    Monday, Dec. 25 Warrant arrest in the area of milepost 25 on Salmon River Highway. Male subject was transported to the Polk County Jail in Dallas. Suspicious activity…

  • Yesteryears -- Jan. 15, 2018

    Yesteryears -- Jan. 15, 2018

    2013 – Mark Johnston was named Tribal general manager. Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno announced the news in a staff-wide e-mail. Johnston began working for the Tribe in…

  • Tribal Council appoints Appeals Court judges

    Tribal Council appoints Appeals Court judges

    Tribal Council appointed Robert Miller, Patricia Paul and Patricia Davis Gibson to serve on the three-member Grand Ronde Court of Appeals during its Wednesday, Jan. 10,…

  • Walking On -- Edward T. Bolton Jr.

    Walking On -- Edward T. Bolton Jr.

    Edward Theodore Bolton Jr. Sept. 28, 1970 – Dec. 23, 2017 Tribal member Edward T. Bolton Jr. of Grand Ronde, born Sept. 28, 1970, to Edward and Marcia Bolton, passed away…

  • Tribe helps celebrate Phase 1 completion of Newberg-Dundee Bypass

    Tribe helps celebrate Phase 1 completion of Newberg-Dundee Bypass

    By Danielle Frost Smoke Signals staff writer NEWBERG -- The Newberg-Dundee Bypass’s first phase is finally complete, thanks in part to a $4 million donation made to the…

  • Interior approves amendments to gaming compact

    Interior approves amendments to gaming compact

    Amendments to the Grand Ronde Tribe’s 2006 gaming compact with the state of Oregon that will allow Spirit Mountain Casino to offer games appealing to younger customers…

  • Tribe loses eldest Elder again: Opal Davidson, 102, walks on

    Tribe loses eldest Elder again: Opal Davidson, 102, walks on

    For the second time in less than a month, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has seen its eldest Elder walk on. Opal M. Davidson, who became the Tribe’s eldest Elder upon…

  • Smoke Signals starts podcast

    Smoke Signals starts podcast

    Smoke Signals has started a new podcast on the hosting website Spreaker.com. The first episode, posted on Thursday, Dec. 28, features Tribal Council Vice Chair Chris Mercier…

  • Kevin Schultz retiring after 30 years with Marion County Sheriff's Office

    Kevin Schultz retiring after 30 years with Marion County Sheriff's Office

    By Danielle Frost In a world that is constantly changing, spending 30 years with one employer has become the exception, not the rule. But that is exactly what Tribal member…

  • Video, livestreaming down on Tribal website

    Video, livestreaming down on Tribal website

    By Danielle Frost Tribal members trying to watch the Wednesday, Dec. 27, Tribal Council meeting remotely via livestreaming were met with no connection. Likewise, Tribal…

  • Grand Ronde Police Log -- Dec. 11-24

    Grand Ronde Police Log -- Dec. 11-24

    Monday, Dec. 11 Assist outside agency with a welfare check in the area of milepost 11 on Salmon River Highway. Criminal trespass reported in the 27100 block of Salmon…

  • Walking On -- George W. McEachran III

    Walking On -- George W. McEachran III

    George W. McEachran III July 8, 1948 – Nov. 30, 2017 Tribal Elder George W. McEachran III, 69, was born July 8, 1948, in Portland, Ore., and walked on Thursday, Nov. 30,…

  • Yesteryears -- Jan. 1, 2018

    Yesteryears -- Jan. 1, 2018

    2013 – An electric car charging station opened at Grand Ronde Station. The Tribe was planning a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for late February or early March.…

  • Tribal Council approves 2018 budget

    Tribal Council approves 2018 budget

    Tribal Council approved the Tribe’s 2018 budget that includes a 36.8 percent projected increase in gaming dividend over last year’s conservative revenue estimate during its…

  • Walking On -- Leon

    Walking On -- Leon "Chips" Tom

    Leon “Chips” Tom July 15, 1928 – Dec. 16, 2017 Former Tribal Council member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Leon “Chips” Tom, who many considered to be the face of…

  • Walking On -- Leon Clinton

    Walking On -- Leon Clinton "Chips" Tom

    Former Tribal Council member and Tribal Elder Leon Clinton “Chips” Tom, who many considered to be the face of the Grand Ronde Tribe because of his prominent role in a…