Grand Ronde Tribes observe 30 years since federal restoration


Last updated 5/25/2013 at 10:24am

The people needed to have healing. Receiving official recognition played a major role in that.

GRAND RONDE, OR—This year marks the 30th anniversary of the law that restored the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon to federal government.

The tribe was terminated in 1954. Council member Cheryle Kennedy, 65, keeps a copy of the Federal Register notice that documented the loss of federal status.

“Your identity taken? That needed to be healed for the Grand Ronde people who went through that,” Kennedy told The Polk County Itemizer-Observer.

Restoration efforts began in the 1970s and culminated with the signing of the Grand Ronde Restoration Act in 1983. Kennedy later became chairwoman...

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