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Clatsop-Nehalem Tribes Seek Federal Recognition

OPB | Aug. 18, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:46 p.m.

The flag of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes

The flag of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes

It’s been 60 years since the federal government terminated several Native American tribes through the Oregon Indian Termination Act. Now, two tribes from the coast are hoping to be reinstated.

It will take an act of Congress to make it happen. The tribes have been working with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse to make it happen. Bonamici introduced a bill at the end of July calling for federal recognition of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes.

When asked what it would mean to be reinstated, tribal Vice-Chair Richard Basch told OPB, “It would put an exclamation point after the word ‘justice.’ It would mean that we could sit at the table on an equal basis with our cousins, with the other tribes.”

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