Yesteryears -- Oct. 15, 2016

10.13.2016 Dean Rhodes History

2011 – The 68th annual Convention and Marketplace of the National Congress of American Indians was scheduled to meet at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland in the ceded homelands of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde starting on Sunday, Oct. 30. Tribal Council Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy served on the local planning committee to bring appropriate local Native culture into the event.

2006 – Former Tribal Council Chairwoman Kathryn Harrison was named Woman of Faith at the Women of Distinction luncheon held at Marylhurst University. She was chosen because of her “astounding role in influencing the socio, political and historical account of Oregon and Native Americans.”

2001 – Spirit Mountain Development Corp.’s latest investment was Gregory Lofts, a 133-unit residential building at 11th and Glisan streets in the Pearl District of downtown Portland. The concept, popular in other metropolitan areas, allowed a person to buy a loft and then finish it to their liking.

1996 – The Tribe established a Cultural Resources Protection Program in response to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. June Olson, a Cultural Resources specialist, said that she has become familiar with the act. “We have the right to recover our people from the many museums and institutions which have held their remains for many years,” she said.

1991 – The Tribe was advertising for an Alcohol and Drug Program director with a salary of between $25,000 and $30,000 depending on experience. Applicants with a master’s degree were preferred.

1986 – Tribal Council Chair Mark Mercier announced an upcoming meeting with John Hampton of Willamina Lumber Co. and Bruce Summers of Taylor Lumber Co. to discuss their concerns over the proposed Reservation Plan.


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