The press reports that Clatsop-Nehalem tribal members from Oregon met recently with Congressman David Wu to discuss his support of the Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe’s federal restoration process.
“Congressman Wu was very supportive,” said Diane Collier, chairwoman for the Tribe. “We are very excited to move ahead.”
The Clatsop and Nehalem Indians signed a treaty with the United States in 1851. The treaty was sent back to the President of the United States, but according to tribal members it was not signed and not seen again for 25 years.
The Tribe’s aboriginal homelands run from modern day Astoria Oregon to Tillamook.
Tribal Hereditary Chief Joe Scovell provided Congressman Wu with pertinent information proving the tribe’s continued existence, and said that tribe members are still involved in community and cultural events, including the traditional Paddle to Swinomish. Members of the North Coast tribe will join an event that will end with more than 200 other canoes on the Swinomish Reservation in Washington on July 27.
Tribal members will be raising funds for the journey during the Seaside History Museum’s community celebration on the Fourth of July. Tribe members will be selling jewelry, art and food. They will also have Dragonfly, their 32-foot cedar dug out canoe on display during the July 4 celebration.