The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe ceded 448,000 acres of its ancestral home 160 years ago and received shoes, socks, thread and other miscellaneous items, including two small houses. The 1853 treaty negotiated with the Oregon Territory’s superintendent of Indian affairs, Joel Palmer, also promised the tribe a reservation The tribe still awaits the federal government to complete the deal. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley last week proposed honoring the agreement by transferring 17,519 acres of federal timberland south of Canyonville to the Roseburg-based tribe. The land would be carved out of the 2.4 million acres of Oregon & …
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