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August 1, 2014
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Letter: Oregon District 4 tribal chief refused access to his congressman?

Questions for 4th Dist. Rep.

What has Oregon’s congressional delegation been up to lately? At least one of them has been visiting an out-of-state Indian tribe called the Smith River in Northern California. It’s strange that when a local 4th District chief went to Washington, D.C., he was turned away; the congressman would not see him. I thought we, not Californians, voted our congressman into office. Who does our congressman represent anyway, California or Oregon?

The Smith River tribe has published a map on Facebook claiming ancestral lands that take in part of the Cow Creek, the Coquille, the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw, the Shasta Costa, and the Tututni and Chetco. I wonder if they are trying to move the state borders north? Indian tribes cannot legally be on both sides of a state line. Yet the Smith River tribe’s map claims lands all the way to Elk River on the Oregon Coast and east to the Illinois River inland. How can they do that? Is our congressman encouraging them? Are these tribes aware that this plot to take their lands is underway? Why is our congressman appearing to comply with the Smith River Tribe? Why are Wyden and Merkley working with him, or appearing to? We need some answers.

Peter Nightingale


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