Yesteryears -- Nov. 15, 2012

11.14.2012 Ron Karten History

2007 - Grand Ronde Tribal member Rebecca Knight was selected as the 2007-08 Hatfield Fellow by Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Knight, 22, is the ninth fellow and fifth Grand Ronde Tribal member to enter the program. She was assigned to the office of Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley.

2002 - Navajo code talker Roy Hawthorne was the headline speaker at a fundraiser for the West Valley Veterans Memorial, helping raise an additional $3,000 for the projected $360,000 project. Hawthorne not only waived his usual $4,000 speaking fee, but also gave back the $400 honorarium provided by the Cultural Resources Department to help defray his expenses.

1997 - The Tribe's Health & Wellness Center was operational with doctors James Malloy and Glenn Gerritz on staff to see Tribal patients. Molloy left his Sheridan practice to join the center's staff. "I love it and I'm really enjoying it," he said.

1992 - Tribal receptionist Karen Harrison announced that she was resigning to return to Albuquerque, N.M., to continue her education at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. She worked for the Tribe as receptionist for seven months.

1987 - The Tribe entered into a yearly lease agreement with the owners of the Maplewood home of the aged. The building was originally built as a hotel in the early 1920s and the move was necessary to accommodate growing staff office space needs.

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