It's official. The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, after a 165-year wait, has had its land restored by the federal government.

President Donald Trump signed the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, H.R. 2791, into law Monday. It restores 17,519 acres of land promised to the tribe in an 1853 treaty. The land includes scattered, mostly forested sites in South County.

The tribe's leaders have said the land will be a place to fish, hunt, camp and manage for timber harvests.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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just me

find some real indian, native americans not wannabees

Constitution defender

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for politicians-state and federal-to dumb down as gullible non-Indian U.S./State citizens into believing that they-politicians-can pass common law that regulates from the womb to the tomb the health, welfare, safety, benefits, capacities, metes and boundaries of a select group of U.S./State citizens made distinguishable from all other non-Indian U.S./State citizens because of their "Indian ancestry/race" at the same time the Constitution’s 14th Amendment’s ‘equal protection’ foreclosed the very same politicians from enacting common law regulating from the womb to the tomb the health, welfare, safety, benefits, capacities, metes and boundaries for select group of U.S./State citizens with 'slave ancestry/race' all without a shred of Constitutional authority to do so.

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