One of the last pow wows of 2016 takes place this Saturday, November 19. The public is welcome to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians as they hold their 39th annual Restoration Pow Wow at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon. American Indian vendors with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale will be available throughout the day. Grand Entry is at 6 pm, and admission is free.
The Restoration Pow Wow celebrates the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians re-establishing their government-to-government relations with the federal government via the signing of Public Law 95-195.
The Confederation of 27 Siletz tribes and bands are among the Oregon tribes whose federal recognition was terminated in August 1954 through the passing of the Western Oregon Indian Termination Act or Public Law 588. Established by the 83rd Congress in 1953 via House Concurrent Resolution 108, Indian Termination Policy (ITP) was a nationwide tool of forced assimilation. In theory, ITP was meant to “free” Native Americans and confer the “rights and prerogatives” of US citizenship identical to those of other Americans. What it did was reduce Native landholdings and erode power by ending the special relationships between federal government and Native tribes – and with the complicity of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
By the late 1960s, it was obvious to the Siletz Confederation and other tribes that the only way to preserve and revitalize their tribal sovereignty, communities, and cultures was by regaining status as a tribe recognized by the United States government. Though it seemed impossible, Indian Termination Policy began to unravel in 1973 when Menominee leader Ada Deer and the Determination of Rights and Unity for Menominee Shareholders (DRUMS) organization started lobbying Congress for restoration of tribal sovereignty.
In November 1977 Congress and President Jimmy Carter approved Public Law 95-195, restoring the federal recognition of the sovereign Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The Siletz were the second tribe in the nation, and the first in Oregon, to achieve Restoration.
For more information on the Siletz and the Restoration Pow Wow, please visit: http://www.ctsi.nsn.us/chinook-indian-tribe-siletz-heritage/pow-wow/restoration-pow-wow.
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