The Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area and the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act are moving toward the U.S. Senate, after they passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday.

The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act would put 17,519 acres of federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a trust for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and 14,742 acres in a trust for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

It would also require the Interior Department to manage the Coquille Indian Tribe’s forest lands as it does other tribal forest lands.

The wild steelhead bill, honoring Frank and Jeanne Moore of Idleyld Park, would set aside 99,653 acres of Forest Service land near Steamboat Creek to protect the North Umpqua River and its tributaries for steelhead habitat, public recreation opportunities and ecological features.

“Our business depends on protected public lands and waters,” said Pat Lee and Jim and Sharon VanLoan, co-owners of the Steamboat Inn, in a statement. “People come from near and far to fish in our rivers, and the communities that surround this part of the Umpqua depend on its clean, healthy water for their livelihoods.”

The committee also passed the Mt. Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act, which would allow for development of 107 acres in the area and the protection of more than 770 acres as well.

“The Frank and Jeanne Moore bill honors two great Americans and their dedication to protecting a truly special place in Oregon,” Sen. Ron Wyden said in a statement. “For the tribes, this important recognition of their sovereignty will provide a boost to their economies. And the Mt. Hood Land Exchange will finally help protect Mt. Hood for visitors and for the environment.”

“Today’s action is another step forward for common-sense stewardship of Oregon lands and enhanced economic opportunity across our state,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said. “With today’s committee passage of these bills, we’re making progress on protecting Oregon’s incredible natural legacies while promoting economic opportunities at the same time.”

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Constitution defender

This article is an astonishing piece of a deplorable lack of journalist curiosity regarding U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” since The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924! That single Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, made moot all previous common law-state and federal-including Presidential Executive Orders, Commerce Clause and Treaty Clause alleged Indian Treaties (if any U.S. Senate confirmed Indian treaties actually existed pre-1924 Citizenship) regarding U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” so often touted by politicians and Indian advocates as being legitimate law. It never ceases to amaze me that not one Article III judge adheres to their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution from fraud upon the Court petitions to adjudicate alleged common law-state and federal-that does not exist…that law being Title 25-INDIANS!

And yet, politicians and MSM continue to perpetuate willful blindness to the Constitutional absurdity that Congress, Presidents/Governors, Initiatives and Referendums can make distinguishable the capacities, metes and boundaries of a select group of U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” post citizenship.

The United States Constitution makes for no provisions for:

1. Indian sovereign nations. None of the asserted tribes possess any of the attributes of being a ‘sovereign nation:’ a. No Constitution recognition b. No international recognition c. No fixed borders d. No military e. No currency f. No postal system g. No passports

2. Treaties with its own constituency

3. Indian reservations whereby a select group of U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race”
reside exclusively and to the exclusion of all others, on land-with rare exception-that is owned by the People of the United States according to federal documents readily available on-line that notes rights of renters as ‘occupancy and use’ by these distinguished U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” only with the land owned by the People of the United States.

4. Recognition of ‘Indian citizenship’ asserted by various tribes. There is no international recognition of “Indian citizenship” as there is no ‘nation’ from which citizenship is derived.

A simple question for politicians and MSM to answer…a question so simple, it is hard:

“Where is the proclamation ratified by 1/3rd of the voters of the United States that amends the Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their “Indian ancestry/race?”

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