Yesteryears - June 1, 2015

05.29.2015 Dean Rhodes History

2010 – Tribal Lands Manager Jan Looking Wolf Reibach performed “What the World Needs” during Tribal Government Day at the State Capitol in Salem. The event also marked the 35th anniversary of the Oregon Legislative Commission on Indian Services.


2005 – The 30th anniversary of the Oregon Legislative Commission on Indian Services was held at the State Capitol. Many events occurred, including a tribute to Tribal veterans, honor songs by the Many Nations Drum, Tribal acknowledgement from former Gov. Vic Atiyeh and booths set up by Oregon Tribes.

2000 – The Grand Ronde Community Resource Center received a $15,000 grant from the Native American Hunger Program to fund a refrigerated storage trailer and a van to transport food.

1995 – Spirit Mountain Casino fleshed out its management team by hiring Kit Devine as Human Resources officer, Chuck Galford as marketing director, Jeff Realander as director of Gaming and Ron Sabatini as Facility Services manager.

1990 – Tribal Council authorized a $2,000 payment to join the Yamhill County Timberland Owners Association, which was formed by private landowners who make an annual contribution to Yamhill County for a full-time deputy to exclusively patrol timber lands.

1985 – The annual Memorial Day Gathering was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on May 26 and a scheduled baked food sale was raising money for the Powwow Fund. The first annual powwow was scheduled for August at Grand Ronde Elementary School. Organizers, led by Dean Mercier, were seeking financial support.

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