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Chinook Recognition Gets Petition Campaign

December 28, 2012

A petition has been submitted to the White House to “Restore the Federal Recognition Status of the Chinook Indian Nation”.

According to the petition application, the only basis for termination of Chinook Federal Recognition was the naming of 4 Chinook tribes in the 1954 W. Ore Termination Act, created to assimilate Indians into White culture.

The US reinstated the Chinooks in 2001, before the Bush Administration rescinded the Recognition.

The petition states that the Chinook satisfy all 6 criteria for Tribal Restoration, including; An ongoing community of Indians who are descendants of the Tribe; Located in the vicinity of the former lands; Performing self-governing functions through elected representatives/general membership meetings; Current use of aboriginal language/customs/culture; Marked deterioration in socioeconomic conditions since termination; & lower than average socioeconomic conditions.

Chinook refers to several groups of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest , speaking the Chinookan languages. In the early 19th century, the Chinookan-speaking peoples lived along the lower and middle Columbia River .

The Chinook tribes were those encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 on the lower Columbia.

To sign the petition, visit this link.



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