Yesteryears - Jan. 1, 2012

12.29.2011 Ron Karten History

2007 - The Tribe traded 665 acres it purchased in 1998 in Columbia County for 230 acres -- two parcels of Stimson land -- bordering the Tribal Reservation. The trade will make harvesting and thinning processes easier than dealing with the timber in Scappoose, said Tribal Natural Resources Director Michael Wilson. The new Tribal property includes 70 acres adjacent to the Tribal Rodeo Grounds and 160 acres adjacent to the Reservation.

2002 - Tribal member Valorie Sheker Robertson completed her bachelor's degree in Management/Organizational Leadership from George Fox University in Newberg.

1997 - The third Security Guard Academy class graduated in mid-December. The six graduates were Glenda Lytle, Lila Musso, Jesse Robertson Jr., Mary Waggoner, Nathanial McGee and Duane Many Hides.

1992 - A front-page photo featured Colleen Kimsey, 11-year-old Adam Leno and 10-year-old Samson George using 3-D concepts to build a Christmas gingerbread house. Cathy Cline took the photo.

1987 - The Tribe's hunting and fishing agreement with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was approved. On Jan. 12, a U.S. District Court judge formally signed the decree, making it official. "This is a major step in getting the Grand Ronde Reservation established," said Tribal Chairman Mark Mercier.

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