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    Smoke Signals 9
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
By Dean Rhodes
Smoke Signals editor
WOOD VILLAGE Opponents
of a private casino proposed at the
shuttered greyhound park in this
East Multnomah County suburb
of Portland kicked off their cam
paign on Monday, Sept. 11, calling
the image portrayed in televisions
ads inundating Oregon airwaves
"fake."
During a news conference held
near the proposed casino site in
Wood Village, the critics warned
that 'The Grange" would be bigger
and more damaging to the commu
nity than the "entertainment cen
ter" described by its developers.
'This would be the largest casino
in the western United States," said
Cynara Lilly, spokeswoman for It's
Still a Bad Idea Committee.
Casino supporters have placed
two measures on the Nov. 6 ballot
82 and 83 that would amend
the Oregon Constitution to allow
privately owned casinos and specifi
cally OK a private casino in Wood
Village.
Backers are two wealthy Lake
Oswego businessmen and a Cana
dian investment firm.
In 2010, the same pro-casino coali
tion was only able to get one amend
ment on the Oregon ballot the one
specifically allowing a private casino
in Wood Village and Oregon vot
ers rejected the idea by a 68 percent
to 32 percent margin.
Casino opponents said that the
current advertising campaign is de
ceptive because the main revenue
generator would be a casino.
"They can say whatever they
want to," Lilly said, noting that
the ballot language allows up to
3,500 slot machines and 150 table
and other games. She said that
developers could build a casino
and restaurant and not all of the
other amenities being promised in
TV ads.
"It's important that voters clearly
see that they're voting on," Lilly
said.
Teresa Bright, who lives three
blocks away from the proposed ca
sino site, said, "I think that would
wreck my neighborhood."
Retired Gresham Police Chief
Carla Piluso said already bad traf
fic congestion in the area would be
worse and that the casino parking
lot would become a magnet for
crime. "That's a rich environment
for car break-ins," she said.
Wood Village does not have a po
lice force and any calls would have
to be answered by the Multnomah
County Sheriffs Office and nearby
local jurisdictions, which includes
Gresham.
"The burden on law enforcement
is going to be huge," Piluso said.
In addition, there is only one
exit on Interstate 84 for Wood Vil
lage and it is already designated a
safety corridor because of frequent
accidents with the current level
of traffic. Projections say a casino
would add an additional 3,000 car
trips per day.
Lilly said that the anti-casino
side will not be able to match the
millions of dollars currently being
spent on TV advertising and state
wide mailers, but added they will
plan to run a serious campaign that
will get their message out.
Oregon Tribes, including the Con
federated Tribes of Grand Ronde,
are opposed to the private casino
initiative because it would canna
bilize Oregon Lottery funding and
have a detrimental effect on Tribal
casino revenues.
Tribal casino revenues fund
health care, educational scholar
ships, Elder pensions and govern
mental operations for Oregon's nine
federally recognized Tribes. B
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ENCAMPMENT continued
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a cookout with traditional foods and
heard great and tragic stories of the
Tribe's past.
Hosts were Taylor and Emily
Grimes, owners of Rogue Jet Boat
Adventure Center at the newly
named Wapiti (Elk) River Park.
They have established a relation
ship with the Tribe as they build
stories of the past into their boating
adventures.
"We try to educate people by
treating our ancestors as people no
different than we are today," said
Taylor, a strapping outdoorsman
with a heavy hand on the power
boat controls. "They were families,
and like a lot of snowbirds who
come to the area today because
of the gentle winters and pristine
natural resources, so did the Native
peoples."
The river park is centered just
south of the Rattlesnake Rapids
among countless Indian camps,
Grimes said. "The Rogue River was
home to gobs of Indian bands."
On Friday night, encampment
participants enjoyed a traditional
salmon dinner and craft demon
strations by Jordan Mercier and
others. Grimes also told stories
from the history of the area.
In 1821, he said, when French ex-
Photo by Michelle Alaimo
From left, Makai Simmons, 9, Miguel Adams, 1 1, and David DeMarco, 12, play
on plastic chairs in the Rogue River during the Tribal Encampment in Eagle
Point on Saturday, Sept. 8.
plorers came through the area, they
came down the center of the valley
where Native bands lived. Among
their diaries, one wrote, "They are
quite the wild lot," and nicknamed
them, "the Rogues."
"It was another 20 years before
the Rogues encountered Europe
ans," Grimes said.
The 1849-50 gold rush in south
ern Oregon started the settling of
the valley by Europeans, and min
ers moved north looking to expand
the search for gold. Two years of
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problems between Europeans and
Natives began in 1851.
The Treaty of 1853 was signed
above Salmon Rock, downstream
from the encampment, and Fort
Lane was built in 1854 farther
south along the river.
When the gold ran out in 1855,
Major J.A. Lupton had an idea,
Grimes said. "If the settlers could
start an Indian War, the govern
ment would pay them to fight it.
And so, in 1856, three dozen min
ers and settlers raided and killed
30 Indian women and children at
Little Butte Creek" just south of
the encampment.
Within the week, the Rogues
killed 70 white settlers and the war
had begun.
On Saturday, during a sunny
afternoon, Miguel Adams, 11,
David DeMarco, 12, along with
Kevin and Robin Simmons' children
Kaelynn, 11, Makai, 9, Shasta,
7, Seq'hiya, 6, and even Qwinem,
1 played in the water and on the
shore for hours.
They sat in chairs in the river;
pulled out a rowboat and paddled up
and down along the shore; rolled on
the grasslands by the river, and, of
course, went for rides in the jet boat.
"Making memories," said
Grimes.
Grimes also is working with the
Tribe to develop historical signage
along the river to plant the history
in solid ground, said Tribal Public
Affairs Director Siobhan Taylor,
who organized the weekend event.
"A lot of struggle and family sing
ing happened here," said Kevin
Simmons.
"Blessings on our Tribe," said
Elder Bernadine Shriver.
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