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AUGUST 1,2010
Tribal staffers contribute at Indigenous Mapping Conference
By Ron Karten
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At the Indigenous Mapping Net
work's 2010 Re-Inhabiting the
Native Lands conference, the Con
federated Tribes of Grand Ronde
described the Tribe's public educa
tion and outreach efforts regarding
the mapping of Tribal lands.
Tribal Cultural Resources Man
ager David Lewis and Tribal
Geographic Information Systems
coordinator Volker Mell repre
sented the Tribe at the Suquamish
hosted conference held in Poulsbo,
Wash., June 3-4.
Along with as many as 40 indig
enous land specialists from Austra
lia, Canada and the United States,
the Grand Ronde specialists shared
information about how Tribes are
using GIS technology to regain
control of their native lands.
"We wanted to show how we are
using GIS technology to showcase
the loss of Tribal lands over the cen
turies," said Mell. "We also showed
how we interpreted the treaties to
create an accurate area file of the
lands ceded in those treaties."
"This reverses the paradigm that
Tribes were in," said Lewis. "The
power for us to claim our lands
was devalued because Europeans
came in with cartography that they
used to document land in a certain
way. When the Wilkes expedition
came through, that's what they
were doing. Now Tribes have the
expertise to map our own lands
and resources, and we're taking
that power away from the state or
federal government."'
Indigenous and Tribal histories
explore an "enormous" amount of
information that GIS technology
helps arrange and make sense of to
meet countless Tribal objectives.
Mell described establishing GIS
capabilities at the Tribal Natural
Resources Department where the
staff now is using a central En
terprise GIS database to store,
manipulate, update and view GIS
data important to day-to-day deci
sion making.
In addition, Mell reported, the
Tribe is creating Web services avail
able to all Tribal staff through the
Tribal intranet site. Included will
be information for Tribal Lands and
Cultural Resources departments.
GIS managers from Grand Ronde
and other Oregon Tribes met in
Portland last month to form a
group that will be represented at
the Oregon Geospatial Information
"That will give us more voice with
the state agencies," said Mell.
In a 2008 publication by GIS soft
ware company ESRI, Mell, Lewis
and Tribal Cultural Protection
Coordinator Eirik Thorsgard pro
duced a map of Native languages
in western Oregon.
"The map was constructed from
ethnographic material of the late
1800s and early 1900s to under
stand the linguistic associations
of the Tribes in western Oregon,"
according to the caption that ac
companied the map.
Another map showed the Grand
Ronde Tribe's "ceded lands usual
and accustomed areas in Oregon,
Washington and California" with
information culled from "oral tradi
tions and ethnographic and archae
ological sources," and put together
with GIS technology.
The federal Department of the
Interior provides the ESRI software
free to federally recognized Tribes,
but another function of the confer
ence was for Tribes like Grand
Ronde to provide information to
those indigenous peoples beyond
U.S. borders and to Tribes not rec
ognized by the federal government
that are cobbling together "open
source" software to develop maps
for similar purposes.
At the conference, Mell and Lewis
also talked with the new Geospatial
executive officer of the Department
of Interior. . .
"I mentioned to her that Tribal
colleges and universities are still
struggling with expensive ESRI
licenses," said Mell, "and we think
it is a good idea to put the Tribal
colleges under the same Enterprise
license agreement (between DOI
and ESRI) that we are using. She
was very positive about the request.
It looks like with the new adminis
tration in D.C., we as a Tribal GIS
group have a bigger voice."
For many unrecognized Tribes,
Lewis offered help, he said, from his
own experience in finding records
that will help them with their Res
toration efforts. B
Social Services 201 0
School Clothes Program
This is a first-come, first-served program.
Child must be an enrolled Grand Ronde Tribal member.
Child must be of school age and enrolled in school (pre
scho6lt' elementary, middle or high school).
Income criteria applies.
Please .contact Social Services at 1-800-242-8196 or 503-879-2034
for an application.
Deadline for all applications is Wednesday, Sept. 15,
Smoke Signals wins two ONPA awards
Tribal publication honored for design and photography
Smoke Signals won two awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publish
ers Association Better Newspaper Contest for the 2009 publication
Announced June 15 at the annual convention in Salem, the awards
went to Tribal photographer Michelle Alaimo for photography and to
Tribal member Justin Phillips and Tribal employees George Valdez,
Dean Rhodes and Alaimo for design.
Alaimo's third-place photography award was for an entry that in
cluded a photo page of a boxing night at Spirit Mountain Casino, a
portrait of Tribal Elder Steve Rife on the Trail of Tears and opening
ceremonies inside the new Tribal plankhouse during 26th Restora
tion celebrations.
For the second-place design award, Smoke Signals staff submitted
three issues (Feb. 15, July 1 and Oct. 15) for judging.
As an Associate member of ONPA, Smoke Signals competed against
approximately 30 others newspapers in Oregon, including The Capital
Press in Salem, The Portland Tribune and Spilyay Tymoo, the Warm
Springs Tribal newspaper.
For the second year in a row, Smoke Signals was the only Tribal
newspaper to win an award from ONPA.
"I believe these awards demonstrate that the quality of the Grand
Ronde publication stands up to comparison with other professional
newspapers published in Oregon," said Publications Coordinator
Dean Rhodes.
"Our employees Tribal and nonTribal work very hard to write,
photograph and design a quality publication for the Tribal member
ship, and it is heartening to see those efforts recognized by the most
respected newspaper association in Oregon." B
Preservation classes scheduled
The Grand Ronde Community Resource Center's Garden House next to the
Community Garden is hosting food preservation classes this summer.
Glasses accept a maximum of 10 people.
The remaining class schedule is:
Saturday, Aug. 14 Pickles (dill pickles and jardiniere);
Saturday, Sept. 18 - Sausage (chorizo, Italian, breakfast and Portuguese
Sunday, Oct. 10 - Pears (butter, canned and jam).
Everything is provided and attendees can bring any fruit or berries, veg
etables or jars they would like to use.
Lunch is provided, but attendees should bring a beverage.
For more information, call the Grand Ronde Food Bank at 503-879-5731
to sign up.
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2011 Gathering of Oregon's First Nations Annual Powwow
The five federally-recognized Western Oregon Tribes the Confederated
Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe,
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand
Ronde Community of Oregon and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
will host the third annual Gathering of Oregon's First Nations Powwow
at the State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem, Ore., on Jan. 29, 2011. Eastern
Oregon Tribes also will participate.
Tribal members from the five Western Oregon Tribes will have an oppor
tunity to secure vendor tables before they are open to the Native American
Once the tables are open to the Native American public, it is anticipated
that they will be completely filled by the next day.
The Fabulous Five Committee wanted to make sure vendors from the five
Tribes were given this opportunity to secure a table.
Tables are $50 per vendor with each vendor being allowed one table. Sorry,
no food vendors.
The first year's attendance was estimated at 5,000 and last year we had
approximately 3,000 people attend. Cutoff for this special offer to Tribal
members only is Sept. 15, 2010, at noon. After that any table left will be
open to the Native American public.
Vendors must provide their own transportation and lodging along with
the vendor registration fee.
If you do not have enough merchandise or want to split the cost with other
Tribal members, that is allowable. However, organizing the combining of re
sources will be up to the individuals interested in doing so. If you decide to
combine resources, please appoint one person to be in charge of your vendor
If you are interested, mail or drop by your check for $50 to the Public Af
fairs Office, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, Oregon 97347 or call
503-879-1418 for more information. Make checks payable to CTGR. Checks
are non-refundable and must be delivered by Sept. 15, 2010, by noon.