Yesteryears -- June 15, 2015

06.12.2015 Dean Rhodes History

2010 – The Willamina High School softball team won the OSAA Class 3A state championship at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland. Tribal members Justine Colton, Carley Trammell and Samantha Grant-Mooney were members of the championship squad.

2005 – Tribal members Amanda Thomas and Ashlee Merrill were recipients of Gates Millennium Scholarships, which promote academic excellence among minority students. Grand Ronde members received two of only five scholarships awarded to Pacific Northwest Native American high school students.

2000 – Because of a growing Tribal population, the pharmacy in the Health & Wellness Center expanded. With the new expansion, prescription requests could increase from 200 to 600 a day.

1995 – Recipients of the 1995-96 Education Trust Fund scholarships were Trevor Aaron, Loretta Knight, Amber Finney, Dustin Leno, Jerry George, Delight Satter and Simone Auger. Scholarships ranged in value from $1,500 to $5,000.

1990 – Angela Leno was selected as co-salutatorian of the graduating class at Willamina High School. She had been active in the Letterman’s Club, Pep Club, OSSOM, International Club and the Tribal youth group. She also played varsity softball for three years.

1985 – A mini powwow was held at Grand Ronde Elementary School. In addition, students had completed cultural classes taught by Karen Harrison (drumming, dancing and singing), Patricia Hofenbredl (regalia) and Eula Petite (Chinuk jargon).


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