Coquille Massacre Narratives

The Massacre Narrative is a specific type of story where is documented a traumatic event in history. Generally dozens if not hundreds die. massacres occur because of conflicts between cultures. One culture is working to destroy the competing culture. This is not something that Americans like to believe of their country. For the Coquille River… Read More Coquille Massacre Narratives

Fighting from the Corner: Reports of Invasion of Rogue River Country

The Rogue River War – a series of conflicts between a confederation of tribes – loosely around the Rogue River Valley- and the American Ranger Militias and United States Army, is addressed historically (by many) as a single war. However, the Rogue River area had two periods of war separated by barely a year of… Read More Fighting from the Corner: Reports of Invasion of Rogue River Country

Essential Historic Federal Government Documents of Grand Ronde (Document link)

Tribal people have asked for years about their treaties and about many of the original federal documents which shaped the tribe. Many people have been told or taught erroneous facts of the tribe and have an imperfect understanding of dates and documents. This is completely understandable as our history has been very diverse and complex… Read More Essential Historic Federal Government Documents of Grand Ronde (Document link)

1856 Umpqua Encampments at Grand Ronde

During my Molalla presentation in class this week, I looked closely at the original Grand Ronde map. I noticed for the first time that there are three Umpqua tribes in the first reservation census, Umpqua, Molalla (southern Molalla) and Calapooia (Yoncalla) likely those who came onto the reservation together from the Umpqua Reservations. We can… Read More 1856 Umpqua Encampments at Grand Ronde

Mounds of the Tualatin-Yamhill Kalapuyan Area

Documents have been uncovered that address the Kalapuya mounds in the Tualatin and Yamhill valleys. The most famous Kalapuya mounds are those that were along the Calapooia river and tributaries from Corvallis to Sweet Home. In this area over 100 mounds existed. Most of these mounds have been plowed under, so that there may be… Read More Mounds of the Tualatin-Yamhill Kalapuyan Area

Beel Fern Letter of 1882: From The SWORP Collection

This is a letter from Beel Fern, son of Chief Halo, who was of the Yoncalla Kalapuyans, a tribe of the Umpqua Valley. He may have as well been of the upper Umpqua tribe due to intermarriage between tribes that was common in Oregon. It was common on the reservation to simplify tribal ancestry to… Read More Beel Fern Letter of 1882: From The SWORP Collection

A Botanist Documents Tribal Traditions: Martin W. Gorman, Oregon Botanist

Martin W. Gorman was a botanist in Oregon at the turn of the 20th century. He worked extensively in Alaska and British Columbia among many tribes in those areas, and was based in Portland Oregon. His work was financed by a Portland Bank and so he operated as an independent researcher for much of his… Read More A Botanist Documents Tribal Traditions: Martin W. Gorman, Oregon Botanist

Did The Grand Ronde Tribes Get Paid for all Their Ceded Lands?

Between 1853 and 1855 the federal government negotiated treaties with the Tribes who came to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. These tribes were promised what amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars in money, services, security and a permanent reservation forever. I have already established in other essays that the tribes were not correctly paid… Read More Did The Grand Ronde Tribes Get Paid for all Their Ceded Lands?

Repealing National Monuments? Why Tribal People Should Care!

Mr. Trump has ordered a review of many National Monuments that are protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The law was enacted in 1906 to prevent looting of Indian artifacts from archaeological sites. The act has mostly been used since then by presidents to turn public land into national monuments protected forever from commercial… Read More Repealing National Monuments? Why Tribal People Should Care!