Yesteryears -- Aug. 1, 2014
2009 - Tribal Council Chair Cheryle A. Kennedy, Vice Chair Reyn Leno and Tribal Council members Steve Bobb Sr. and Wink Soderberg inspected Tribal artifacts at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, they also inspected the original Willamette Valley Treaty that is stored in the National Archives.
2004 - Tribal members visited Tomanowos - the Willamette meteorite - at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. On the trip were Tribal Elder Kathryn Harrison and Tribal Council member Jack Giffen Jr. The Tribe presented Museum President Ellen Futter with a Tribal blanket.
1999 - Grand Ronde Tribal Elders hosted the first Elder Honor Day on July 16-17. The event was held at St. Michael's Church and included banquet meals and bingo. Ann and Raleigh Anderson were honored as the eldest man and woman, as well as the longest married couple.
1994 - Chris Leno, a Strategic Plan Task Force member, said that Tribal members living outside of Grand Ronde indicated a need for outreach services, such as holding Tribal Council meetings away from Grand Ronde. From 200 to 300 Tribal members also indicated that there is a need for housing. Many said that if there was housing available, they would move to Grand Ronde.
1989 - Eleven-year-old Toby McClary was among Tribal members taking dance and craft classes held every Tuesday at the Tribal office in Grand Ronde. "Right now I am in the process of finishing a drumstick that I'm making in craft class," he said.
1984 - Allen "Biff" and Louise Langley were thanked for opening their home to Tribal Council members who attended a timber management workshop held at Warm Springs. "We enjoyed a barbecue and generous hospitality," Smoke Signals said.
Yesteryears is a look back at Tribal history in five-year increments through the pages of Smoke Signals.