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Oregon senators seek return of ancestral land to local tribes

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2013

A discussion draft of proposed legislation that would restore approximately 14,804 acres of land to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians was released this week. The draft proposes to transfer management of land currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The transferred land will remain in federal ownership and will be held in trust by the government for the benefit of the tribe. The Confederated Tribes includes the tribes that traditionally lived in the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw watersheds.

“We applaud Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley in working with the tribe to write and to circulate this discussion draft,” said Bob Garcia, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. “This is the first step toward righting a historic wrong.”

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