Yesteryears -- Aug. 1, 2015

07.29.2015 Dean Rhodes History

2010 – The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., stood for five days at the old powwow grounds in front of the Governance Center. Tribal Elder Steve Bobb Sr., a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, said the 58,268 names are “the what-ifs, the what could have beens, gone in a flash, a speck of time.”

2005 – Tribal Elders Kathryn Harrison, Pat Allen, Betty Lambert and Patsy Pullin and Tribal members Bobby Mercier, Hope Lafferty, Ashley Bedortha, Denise Harvey and Alicia Selwyn and Tribal Council member Angie Blackwell traveled to New York City to visit Tomanowos – the 15.5-ton Willamette meteorite -- at the American Museum of Natural History.

2000 – Terry Ramey of Ink Impressions in New Mexico visited the Tribe to show Election Committee Chair Ellen Fischer how to operate the Tribe’s new ballot counting equipment.

1995 – A historical marker depicting Tribal photos and a summary of the Grand Ronde Tribe’s history was unveiled on Highway 18, about a quarter-mile east of Grand Ronde Road. It is the 97th marker erected as part of Oregon’s Historical Marker Program.

1990 – Tribal member Jackie Leno Grant became the new director for the Native American Program at Eastern Oregon State College for the 1990-91 school year. She will be assisting all Native students with counseling, tutorial assistance, referrals and general assistance, as well as serve as a mentor for the Speel-Ya Indian Club.

1985 – The nine-week Summer Youth Program hired Angie Childers to work as clerical/receptionist for the Tribal Cemetery Office and Gregg Leno as a maintenance worker for the Depot and Tribal Cemetery offices.


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