Confederated Tribes of The Grand Ronde Community
Restoration Date: November 22, 1983
Number of Members: 5,200
Land Base Acreage: about 11,288 acres
Number of people employed by the Tribes: 1,600
Spirit Mountain Casino, over 10,000 acres of forest lands, and wildfire fighting crew
Points of interest
Spirit Mountain Casino is Oregon’s most successful casino, and the tribe dedicates 6 percent of the profits to its Spirit Mountain Community Fund, which supports charitable organizations in an 11-county area of western Oregon. The fund has given more than $55 million to area charities since 1997. The West Valley Veterans Memorial, four granite pillars representing the four branches of the armed services, holds the names of tribal members and area veterans who fought and served their country.
The tribe hosts a Veterans Powwow each July and a Competition Powwow on the third weekend of August. Fort Yamhill Heritage Area nearby tells the story of the relocation, transition and sadness for Grand Ronde’s people when they were forced from their ancestral homelands, which extended from the banks of the Columbia River to the Oregon–California border, on to the Grand Ronde Reservation under military guard.
History and culture
The tribes include Athabaskan-speaking Chasta, Rogue River and Upper Umpqua from southern Oregon. Molalla tribes are from the western Cascade Mountains, Kalapuya Tribes are from the Willamette Valley, and Chinookan-speaking Tumwater, Clackamas, Watlala and Multnomah are from the lower Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Chinuk Wawa became the tribes’ common language. Traditional basket making and weaving, skills still practiced today, were important tribal utility and cultural skills.
Tribal Judge Suzanne Ojibway-Townsend, 9615 Grand Ronde Rd., Grand Ronde 97347; 503-879-2303
Chair Reyn Leno (2017), Vice-Chair Jack Giffen (2016), Secretary Toby McClary (2015), Tonya Gleason-Shepek (2017), Denise Harvey (2016), Cheryle J. Kennedy (2015), Chris Mercier (2017), Ed Pearsall (2016) and Jon George (2015)