We can understand why Douglas County and 17 other Oregon counties felt slighted last week by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. The insult came when the senators floated a plan to cede 32,323 acres to settle 19th-century treaties with the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower, Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The counties don’t begrudge the tribes for wanting the Southern Oregon timberlands, now managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The tribes have a historical claim to land. Plus, turning over 17,519 acres south of Canyonville to the business-savvy tribe sounds like a promising …
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