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.