Tribal Government & News

General Council briefed on casino in executive session

09.14.2017 Michelle Alaimo General Council, Spirit Mountain Casino

By Michelle Alaimo

Smoke Signals photojournalist

Spirit Mountain Casino General Manager Stan Dillon gave the Tribal membership an update on the casino’s current and future financial status and strategic plans during the General Council meeting held Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Tribal Community Center.

Casino Marketing Director Shawna Ridgebear and Gaming Director Lon O’Donnell also joined Dillon to update the membership on their respective areas.

Smoke Signals cannot report on specifics of the update because the meeting was held in executive session.

After an almost 70-minute presentation, with a break taken after 45 minutes for lunch to be served, Dillon fielded numerous questions and comments from eight audience members.

The presentation was filmed and Tribal members who were not able to attend who want a copy should contact Tribal Council Chief of Staff Stacia Hernandez at or 503-879-2304 to request a free copy.

In addition, results of the Sept. 9 Tribal Council election were announced by Election Board member Michael Mercier.  

The next General Council meeting will be held 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 1, in the Tribal gym and will feature an overview of Tribal business investments.

Tribal Elders Nancy Norton and Dorothy Leno and Tribal member Adrian Contreras won the $100 door prizes and Tribal Elders Louise Coulson, Val Grout, Michael Mercier and Jolanda Catabay and Tribal spouse Rich VanAtta won the $50 door prizes.

In addition, Tribal spouse Lyn Leno won a $25 gas card donated by Tribal Council member Brenda Tuomi and her husband, Ron.

The edited video, without the executive session, can be viewed on the Tribal website,, by clicking on the News tab and then Video.