Yesteryears -- Oct. 1, 2012

10.01.2012 Ron Karten History

2007 - New York City-based meteorite collector Darryl Pitt was planning to auction off an almost 30-pound piece of Tomanowos at an Oct. 28 auction. "We are deeply saddened that any individual or organization would be so insensitive to Native American spirituality and culture as to traffic in the sale of a sacred and historic artifact," said Tribal Public Affairs Director Siobhan Taylor.
2002 - Spirit Mountain Community Fund surpassed the $16 million mark in giving. "It's one of the best things the Tribe has done," said Tribal Council member Ed Pearsall. "People recognize that we're not just this sovereign nation out here. We're giving back to the community."
1997 - Carl and Betty Lambert became the first residents to move into Grand Meadows, the Tribe's 37-lot manufactured home park. The couple had been living on five acres in La Grande, which sold the first day it was on the market. The Lamberts had been living with Betty's brother in McMinnville since July, awaiting delivery of their new manufactured home.
1992 - Tribal Judge Les Marston swore in new Tribal Council members Ed Larsen, Kathryn Harrison and Andrew Jenness. Only about 20 percent of eligible voters participated in the election.
1987 - Tribal members re-elected five incumbent council members and selected four new members. Per the Tribal Constitution, the three candidates with the most votes - Mark Mercier, Henry Petite and Candy Robertson - were elected to three-year terms. The next three - Russ Leno, Kathryn Harrison and Val Grout - were elected to two-year terms, and the final three - Merle Leno, Raymond McKnight and Eugene LaBonte - were elected to one-year terms. Now, three Tribal Council seats will be up for election annually.

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