Siletz Reservation

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Location of Siletz, Oregon

The Siletz Reservation is a 5.852 sq mi (15.157 km²) Indian reservation in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. The reservation lies on numerous non-contiguous parcels of land in east-central Lincoln County, mostly east of the city of Siletz, between it and the Polk County line. (The city is located at 44°43′19″N 123°54′59″W / 44.72194°N 123.91639°W / 44.72194; -123.91639 (44.721812, -123.916316))[1].

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

In November 1855 President of the United States Franklin Pierce issued an executive order creating a reservation for the relocation of the indigenous peoples of the coastal region of the Oregon Territory.[2] A 120-mile-long strip of land was designated for this "Coast" or "Siletz" Reservation.[2] This reservation extended from Cape Lookout in Tillamook County on the North coast extending all the way down to the Siltcoos River, near Florence in the South.[2]

As Oregon's population grew, these reservation lands were gradually opened up for settlement by white newcomers, who displaced the indigenous people.[3] Tribal groups reestablished a presence in isolated portions of their traditional homelands.[3] The Dawes Act of 1887 privatized remaining commonly held tribal lands, and further accelerated the process of atomization of the state's indigenous peoples by appropriating lands deemed "excess" for new settlers.[3]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c David R.M. Beck, "'Standing Out Here in the Surf': The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Western Oregon in Historical Perspective," Oregon Historical Quarterly, vol. 110, no. 1 (Spring 2009), pg. 10.
  3. ^ a b c Beck, "'Standing Out Here in the Surf,'" pg. 11.

Further reading[edit]

  • David R.M. Beck, "'Standing Out Here in the Surf': The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Western Oregon in Historical Perspective," Oregon Historical Quarterly, vol. 110, no. 1 (Spring 2009), pp. 6–37. In JSTOR.
  • C.F. Coan, "The Adoption of the Reservation Policy in Pacific Northwest, 1853–1855," Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, vol. 23, no. 1 (March 1922), pp. 1–38. In JSTOR.

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