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Grand Ronde Indian Tribes and Languages

The Grand Ronde Indians are a confederation of tribes of western Oregon. Tribes represented on the Grand Ronde reservation include the Kalapuya, Molalla, Rogue River Athabaskans, Shasta, Umpqua, Klickitat, Chinook, Tillamook, and others. Most of these bands were compelled to move onto Grand Ronde from other locations in Oregon, and they all spoke different languages, so they had to give up their disparate languages in order to survive together. Today, the tribe is working to revive the old Chinook Jargon trade language, which played an important role in the shared history of several of the Grand Ronde tribes.

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Grand Ronde Language Links

Chinook Wawa:
    Our resources about the Chinook Jargon trade language.
Kalapuya Language:
    Our resources about Kalapuya (spoken by the Kalapuya, Atfalati, Yoncalla, Yamhill, and other tribes of Grand Ronde)
Molalla Language:
    Our resources about the Molalla language.
Shasta Language:
    Our resources about the Shasta language.
Umpqua Language:
    Our resources about the Umpqua language.

Grand Ronde Tribal and Community Websites

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde:
    Homepage of the Grand Ronde Tribes today.
Smoke Signals:
    The Grand Ronde online tribal newspaper.
Grand Ronde Health and Wellness Center:
    Homepage of the tribal organization offering community services to the people of Grand Ronde.
Spirit Mountain Lodge and Casino:
    Homepage of the Grand Ronde tribal casino.
Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center:
    Information about the Grand Ronde tribal museum.

Grand Ronde Culture and History Links

The Grand Ronde Acreage History:
    Maps showing the historical and current locations of the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations.
Indian Tribes in Oregon:
    Map showing the areas where different Oregon native people lived before being sent to Grand Ronde.
Atfalati-Kalapuya of Washington County:
    Online museum exhibit on the Native people of Western Oregon, curated by a Grand Ronde tribal historian.
Grande Ronde Agency and Reservation:
    Article on the history and heritage of the Grand Ronde tribe
Grand Ronde Pow Wow:
    Video showcasing Native dancing, drumming and regalia from the Grand Ronde tribe's powwow festival.
Houses of the Oregon Tribes:
    Photographs of the different types of traditional homes the Grand Ronde tribes used to live in.
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Flag:
    Flag of the Grand Ronde tribes.
*Indians 101: The Grand Ronde Reservation:
    Article on the history of the Grand Ronde tribes of Oregon.
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon:
    Wikipedia article on the Grand Ronde Indians.
Four Directions: Grand Ronde:
    Timeline and links about Grand Ronde history.

Books for sale on the Grand Ronde Indians
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Living in the Great Circle: The Grand Ronde Indian Reservation 1855-1905:
    Interesting book on the history of the Grand Ronde Confederation.
My Life: Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood:
    Oral history from a Grand Ronde elder who was the last speaker of the Tualatin language.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Grand Ronde.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Grand Ronde:
Information about the Grand Rondes and their language in Spanish.

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