Grand Ronde, OR
Grand Ronde is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Polk County, Oregon, United States. Originally named "Grand Ronde Agency", the name of this city is a variation of the French Grande Ronde or "fine large valley", a description given to the area by the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company, who were French-Canadian. The population was 271 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Grand Ronde was the location of the headquarters of the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation, which covered parts of Polk and Yamhill counties until the agency was closed in 1925. The organizational structure of the reservation was replaced by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, which was first incorporated May 13, 1935, terminated August 13, 1954, then reestablished in November, 1983. The restored reservation is called the Grand Ronde Community.
The Confederated Tribes own and operate Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, which is a major local employer. In 1997, the Casino created the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, which supports a number of charities both within Polk county and throughout Oregon from the Casino's gambling revenue.