[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 88 (Wednesday, May 24, 2023)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E486]
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                          HON. EARL BLUMENAUER

                               of oregon

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 24, 2023

  Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the extraordinary 
life of Kathryn Harrison, who walked on last Sunday at the age of 99. 
Kathryn was an extraordinary woman of vision, leadership, and 
  Kathryn was a key leader for her Grand Ronde tribe, and indeed for 
Native Americans everywhere. Her amazing life resulted in numerous 
honors and widespread recognition for her testimony before Congress 
that ultimately led to the restoration of Grand Ronde's federal 
recognition. After the restoration, Kathryn was instrumental in 
developing ways to capitalize on tribal resources for the lasting 
benefit of both the people of Grand Ronde, and indeed all Oregonians.
  She was patient, thoughtful, determined, and always had a great 
spirit and a terrific sense of humor. I am honored to have been able to 
work with Kathryn on tribal issues for over 20 years. She led with 
dignity and focus simply by being in the room. We are all better people 
for being touched by her life and her services of giving back. I count 
myself lucky that our paths crossed many times. She was a powerful 
symbol of determination--helping secure justice for tribal people and 
providing inspiration for Native Americans across the country.