About Us: Our History

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

17 Years of Giving (1997-2014)

  • 2,057 Grants

  • Totaling More Than $62 Million

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund fulfill their Native tradition of potlatch; a ceremony at which good fortune is distributed.  The Spirit Mountain Community Fund's focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe's culture and values.

The Tribes that make up the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are Chasta, Rogue River, Umpqua, Molalla and Kalapuya.  These are the surviving tribes of the original 29 bands that found their way to this area in the late 1800's.  Our Tribe's legal status was terminated in 1954.  Along with termination, the 60,000+ acres of land that had been given in seven treaties was also taken leaving the Tribe with only 1/5 acres of the Tribal cemetery.

After many years of campaigning and dedication, our Tribe was federally recognized in 1983.  Since that time, our Tribe has worked  to regain what was once promised to us, by purchasing back land that was sold when the Tribe was terminated.  To date, we have reacquired just over 12,077 acres of the original 60,000+ acre reservation.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde made a decision to stand tall and learn how to be self sustainable.  When the Indian Gaming Act was passed into law, tribal members voted to pursue gaming as a source of income and Spirit Mountain Casino was born.  The casino opened its doors in October 1996, and in 1997 the formation of Spirit Mountain Community Fund was created in the long time tradition of potlatch.

We give back to our community through support of non-profit organizations in an 11-county area of Western Oregon.  We see these counties as our neighbors and friends. We want to return the support and encouragement we received to reach goals of self-sufficiency, by enriching the lives of those in our neighborhood.

We are reminded that nation building is hard work that requires dedication, commitment, planning and vision.  These words encapsulate how Grand Ronde has evolved as a Tribe and as a community partner.