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the import a net of our past, connect
ing in our present and laying the
foundation of hope for our future.
The Atud.ship Memorial will remain
a place to honor our old traditions
and provide an opportunity for con
tinued healing of our community,
with each other and ourselves."
Following the ceremony, a light
lunch was served in the Trihal
Community Center.
Later on Friday, a 30th Restora
tion Celebration I'owwow was held
at Spirit Mountain Casino's Event
About 200 Tribal members and
guests attended the four-hour pow
wow. Master of ceremonies was
Nick Sixkiller and powwow director
was Tony Whitehead.
Plankhouse event
Saturday events started at 9 a.m.
inside a brisk Achaf-hammi, the 3-year-old
Tribal plankhouse whose
Tualatin-Kalapuya name means
"house built of cedar planks." About
150 Tribal members and guests hud
dled together inside the plankhouse
to watch an ever increasing number
of Tribal members drum while Tribal
girls and young women performed
numerous dances during an approxi
mately 100-minute ceremony.
Tribal Council Vice Chair Jack
Giffen Jr. welcomed those in at
tendance. "I am honored to be in the pres
ence of our cultural leaders," Giffen
said. "I am proud of where they
have brought us in 30 years."
Tribal Cultural Outreach Spe
cialist Bobby Mercier led the drum
group, which included Gregg Leno,
Travis Stewart, Brian Krehbiel,
Jade Unger, Jeff Mercier, Eric
Bernando and Jan Looking Wolf
Reibach, among many others. Kre
hbiel and Unger tended and stoked
the two cedar log fires burning
inside the plankhouse.
Among the songs performed
were a shawl song, a salmon song,
a blessing song, a song honoring
Tribal canoe Stankiya and "New
In between songs and dances,
Bobby Mercier spoke about the
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Noah Gerbrandt carries on of five banners with the names of the five major Tribes that make up the Confederated
Tribes of Grand Ronde during Grand Entry for the 30th Restoration Celebration at Spirit Mountain Casino's Event
Center on Saturday, Nov. 23. Five Tribal youth, including Madison Ross, left, were picked to carry the banners.
history of the Tribe and its plank
house. "This plankhouse is a statement
to our Elders and our ancestors that
we will never forget our culture,"
Mercier said. "We are honoring the
work of our ancestors."
In addition to Giffen, Tribal
Council Secretary Toby McClary
and Tribal Council member Denise
Harvey attended, as did former
three-term Tribal Council member
Chris Mercier, who is currently
attending law school at Michigan
State University.
At noon Saturday inside the
casino's Event Center was the big
event the 30th Restoration Cel
ebration meal and concert featuring
multiple Native American Music
Award-winner Jan Looking Wolf
The Event Center was prepared
for more than 1,100 people and was
filled to capacity by the time events
started shortly after noon.
As Tribal members checked in,
they were gifted with a Tribal bag
that contained a booklet of histori
cal articles written by Tribal His
torian Dr. David Lewis.
Veterans, current and former
Tribal Council members and Elders
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Tribal Council Secretary Toby McClary, middle, gifted necklaces to former
Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts, left, and Antoinette Hatfield, widow of former
Oregon Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, second from right, during the 30th Restoration
Celebration at Spirit Mountain Casino's Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The ladies sat with Tribal Elder Kathryn Harrison, right, at the celebration.
Tribal Council Vice Chair Jack Giffen Jr., left, holds a proclamation for the
Tribe that was presented by Yamhill County Commissioner Allen Springer,
middle, on behalf of the county's Board of Commissioners during the
30th Restoration Celebration at Spirit Mountain Casino's Event Center on
Saturday, Nov. 23. Tribal Council member Jon A. George, right, then gifted
Springer with a necklace.
whose names appeared on either
the Termination or Restoration
rolls received cedar rose lapel pins.
As Tribal members and their family
members waited in line, they had
an opportunity to buy raffle tickets
to benefit the new Tribal cultural
center and museum, Chachalu.
One of the first Tribal members to
arrive was Pearl Lyon, the Tribe's
eldest Elder at 101. She was ac
companied by her son, Harold Lyon,
who serves on the Tribe's Fish &
Wildlife Committee and Rodeo
Special Event Board.
Spirit Mountain Casino Execu
tive Chef Richard Burr was busy
checking out the three serving sta
tions before the event started.
Burr said that his sous chef un
derwent quadruple bypass surgery
earlier in the week, which forced
him to come out of retirement and
sculpt the three Tribal logo ice
designs that graced each serving
At about 12:15 p.m., the program
started with Grand Entry as Tribal
veterans brought in the colors.
Wayne Chulik and Alton Butler
carried in eagle staffs followed
by former Tribal Council member
Steve Bobb Sr. carrying the U.S.
flag, Tribal Chair Reyn Leno car
rying the Grand Ronde Tribal flag,
Elder Raymond Petite carrying the
MIAPOW flag and Tribal member
Michael Lang carrying the state
flag. The U.S. flag flew over the
Capitol in Washington, D.C., dur
ing the Tribe's 29th Restoration
Flag bearers were followed by
banners created by Tribal children
denoting the five major Tribes of
the Grand Ronde Confederation
Umpqua, Molalla, Rogue River,
Kalapuya and Chasta.
The Grand Entry procession also
featured Tribal Royalty past and
present and Elders whose names
appeared on either the Termination
or Restoration rolls.
Tribal Elder and former Tribal
Council member Val Grout gave
the invocation while Tribal Council
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Jan Looking Wolf Reibach plays "Amazing Grace" on the flute as Jolanda
Catabay waits to sing the song during the 30th Restoration Celebration at
Spirit Mountain Casino's Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 23.
30th Restoration Celebration
Planning Committee
Darlene Aaron, Lisa Archuleta, Betty Bly, Goldie Bly, Linda Bran
don, Julie Brown, Cherie Butler, Chelsea Clark, Kathy Cole, Louise
Coulson, Sam Dala, Kristy DeLoe, Cheyanne Fasana, Jon A. George,
Laura Gleason, Val Grout, Violet Folden, Sharon Freund, Leonette
Galligher, Gladys Hobbs, Kathryn Harrison, Jocelyn Huffman, Brandy
Humphreys, Darlene Jones, Mike Karnosh, Cheryle A. Kennedy, Lin
da LaChance, Claudia Leno, Reyn Leno, David Lewis, Stacia Martin,
Perri McDaniel, George Mc5achman, Reina Nelson, Margaret Pro
vost, Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, Kevin Simmons, Wink Soderberg,
Siobhan Taylor, Eirik Thorsgard, Kathy Tom and Stephanie Wood.
member Jon A. George performed
the duties of master of ceremo
nies. After a Canoe Family song and a
performance of "The Lord's Prayer"
by past and current Tribal Royalty,
Tribal Council Secretary Toby Mc
Clary gifted necklaces to former
Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts and
Antoinette Hatfield, the widow of
former Oregon Sen. Mark O. Hat
field, who were sitting with former
Tribal Council Chair Kathryn Har
rison. As governor, Roberts signed the
gaming compact with the Confeder-
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ated Tribes of Grand Ronde in July
1993 and Hatfield was instrumen
tal in shepherding the Grand Ronde
Restoration Act through Congress
in October 1983.
In Leno's keynote speech, which
included recognizing current and
former Tribal Council members in
attendance and thanking them for
their leadership, he said, "As we
gather here today for our celebra
tion of 30 years of Restoration, we
must always remember that our
story is centuries old. We have
been here since time immemorial.
Our ancestors inhabited this valley
and we continue to carry on their
traditions today. We need to teach
our children and grandchildren
these traditions so that they can
carry them on with them into the
"I am proud to be Grand Ronde
and thankful to all the Elders who
believed we could survive Termi
nation and laid the groundwork
for taking care of our membership.
The saying 'We were here first and
we're here to stay' pretty much says
it all, except I always add the word
'forever.' We will always be here
forever in this valley. Through all
the hardships and all the struggles,
we are still here."
Former Tribal Royalty participates
in Grand Entry for the 30th
Restoration Celebration at Spirit
Mountain Casino's Event Center on
Saturday, Nov. 23.
Photos by Michelle Alaimo
Ieno recalled the rounding up of
Native Americans during the 1850s
treaty era and the Tribe's 1856
Trail of Tears march from Table
Rock near Med ford to Grand Ronde
in February and March. During the
forced march, eight Tribal members
were born and eight died.
"I believe this is a sign that it
is our destiny to remain in this
valley; that we would never go
away," Leno said. "We must never
forget their struggle. Like those
who have walked on before me, I
remember Grand Ronde, what it
was like in 1950. Our land base
was small, our natural resources
were many, but jobs were scarce
to come by. It wasn't easy growing
up in Grand Ronde. My dad, like
many others, had to travel long
distances from home to work while
my grandma and my mom, brothers
and sisters and many of the other
Tribal families here traveled out
to the fields. ... It was pretty bar
ren around Grand Ronde and then
everyone would come back for the
"In 1954, the Western Oregon
Termination Act tried to strip
Grand Ronde of everything. When
we were Terminated, the federal
government left us with nothing
but our name, a cemetery lot and a
building, but they haven't created
a pen yet that can strip us of our
identity and our history."
Leno acknowledged the ap
proximately 350 surviving Tribal
members who were listed on the
Termination Roll.
"These people come from the
families that only had a name, a
cemetery and a belief in being Na
tive American and a belief in being
Grand Ronde, and I think that is
something we need to encourage in
our young children," he said.
Leno then recognized Margaret
Provost, Merle Holmes and Marvin
Kimsey, the three Tribal members
who started in the 1970s what
would become the Grand Ronde
Restoration effort that finally suc
ceeded on Nov. 22, 1983, when
President Ronald Reagan signed
the Grand Ronde Restoration Act
into law.
"They were the ones who carried
the message to Washington, D.C.
They were the ones who worked re
ally hard. They gathered and kept
people on the right track to get this
recognition done.
"The work for Restoration was
hard. Having testified in Wash
ington, D.C, I know that you have
to believe in what you are saying
to make an impact. I would like to
recognize Kathryn Harrison, Karen
Askins Harrison, Frank Harrison,
Jackie Whisler Mercier and Marvin
Kimsey, and any of their families.
They were the ones that actually
went and testified, and made people
believe this was a doable thing.
"Thirty years ago, President Ron
ald Reagan signed the Restoration
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