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About Smoke signals. (Grand Ronde, Or.) 19??-current | View Entire Issue (June 15, 2021)
JUNE 15, 2021
OPEN FOR COMMENT
• Wednesday, June 16 – Tribal Council meeting, 10 a.m., Gover-
nance Center, 9615 Grand Ronde Road. 503-879-2304.
• Friday, June 18 – Tribal offices closed in observance of Juneteenth.
• Sunday, June 27 – General Council meeting for Tribal Council
nominations only, 11 a.m., Governance Center Atrium, 9615 Grand
Ronde Road. Only nominators and nominees and certain staff
members will be allowed entrance to the event. 503-879-2304.
• Wednesday, June 30 – Tribal Council meeting, 10 a.m., Gover-
nance Center, 9615 Grand Ronde Road. 503-879-2304.
• Monday, July 5 – Tribal offices closed in observance of the Fourth
of July holiday.
(Editor’s note: All events are tentative depending
on the status of the Tribe’s COVID-19
coronavirus pandemic response.)
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The Tribal Council is considering amendments to the Enrollment
Ordinance. The proposed amendments were given a First Reading
at the June 2, 2021, Tribal Council meeting.
The proposed amendments will add a provision for a one year loss
of membership moratorium.
The proposed amendments will not prevent disenrollment of a
member who is dually enrolled in another Tribe in violation of the
Tribal Council invites comments on the proposed amendments to
the Enrollment Ordinance. For a copy of the proposed amendments,
please contact the Tribal Attorney’s Office at 503-879-4664. Please
send your comments to the Tribal Attorney’s Office, 9615 Grand
Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, OR 97347 or by e-mail to legal@gran-
Comments must be received by July 15, 2021.
Harrison’s name was among
the top 20 suggestions that
the task force considered
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schools because the men engaged
in racist practices. The schools then
temporarily adopted the names of
their mascots for the 2020-21 aca-
In December 2020, the Corvallis
School District formed a Renaming
Task Force to find new names for
Husky, Jaguar and Wildcat ele-
mentary schools, and potentially
some of the other 14 district-owned
buildings. Harrison’s name would
be applied to the Jaguar elemen-
tary school, Noss said.
The Renaming Task Force includ-
ed 13 members who ranged in age
from fifth-graders to adults, nearly
equal parts men and women, and
spanning at least five ethic groups.
Corvallis School Board mem-
ber and task force liaison Luhui
Whitebear is a former employee of
the Confederated Tribes of Grand
Harrison’s name was among the
top 20 suggestions that the task
force considered. The top names
also included Chepenefa, which
was an indigenous Kalapuyan
group that lived in present-day
Corvallis; Bessie Coleman, the
first known African American and
Native American woman to hold a
pilot’s license; and Tiacan, a San-
tiam Kalapuya principal chief.
The task force filtered sugges-
tions through six criteria, the Ga-
zette-Times reported, emphasizing
names that evoke inspiration,
reflect commitments to social jus-
tice, represent women, honor local
Indigenous history, show the com-
munity’s connection to place and
reject white dominance.
After the top 20 suggestions were
released to the public, the task force
received feedback from 150 com-
munity members and 187 students
returned surveys sent out by Noss.
“There were about four people
who received almost unanimous
support, and Kathryn was one of
them,” Noss said.
Public comments were most in
favor of Harrison, Letitia Carson
and Chepenefa. Students leaned to-
ward Harrison as well, and Harriet
Tubman and John Lewis.
Carson was the only Black wom-
an in Oregon to secure a land claim
as a result of the 1862 Homestead
Act. Tubman was known for her
Underground Railroad abolitionist
movement and Lewis was a Georgia
politician and one of the original
Noss said that in addition to
Harrison, he will be recommend-
ing Coleman and Carson as new
elementary school names and that
he is “pretty confident” the board
will accept his recommendation.
He said the School Board will not
make his recommendation official
until early September.
Harrison was born Kathryn May
Jones in 1924 in Corvallis to Harry
William Jones and Ella Flemming.
Her father was Molalla and her
mother Eyak. She attended school
in Corvallis before enrolling in
Chemawa Indian School in Salem.
She was a key participant in the
Grand Ronde Tribe’s early 1980s
Restoration efforts and was one of
five Tribal members who testified
before the U.S. House of Represen-
tatives on Oct. 18, 1983, in support
of restoring the Tribe to federal
recognition. The Tribe’s federal
recognition had been Terminated
29 years earlier in 1954.
After the Tribe was restored on
Nov. 22, 1983, she continued her
service to her people on Tribal
Council from 1984 to 2001. During
her time on Tribal Council, she
served as secretary, vice chair and
six years as Tribal chairwoman.
She never lost a Tribal Council
election and was the first woman
to serve as Tribal chair.
During her time on Tribal Coun-
cil, she helped guide the Tribe into
gaming through the signing of a
compact with Oregon Gov. Barbara
Roberts in July 1993. She also sug-
gested the Tribe start endowment
funds to benefit education, health
care, economic development, and
social and cultural programs. Those
funds continue to be an important
economic resource to this day for
Today, she lives at an adult foster
care facility in Salem.
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