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The Teens to 1940

The 1910s began with the above mentioned financial & political pressures mounting, but our people still found time to celebrate. There were annual Siletz Indian Fairs, at hop picking time – there were always fiddle dances, if not feather dances. The people...

The Years 1893-1912

As soon as the 1892 agreement was signed, an effort to split the western part of Benton County off, to form a new county, went into overdrive. The result of that effort was that within 4 months, Lincoln County was established. Ever since non-Indians had moved into the...

The 1892 “Surplus Lands” “Agreement”

As stated in the last article, allotment was both boon and bane to our people for various reasons. Federal policy was directed at de-Indian-izing our people. The allotment policy was an important part of that process, because it meant the breaking up of communal...

The Siletz Allotments in 1891-1892

Some of the treaties of our Siletz people mentioned that parcels of land (allotments) could be assigned to individual tribal members, and there was some early, informal allotting of lands to tribal members here at Siletz. George Harney, Henry Davenport, Alex Ross and...

Executive Order, December 21, 1865

Concentrating on one particular action of the government towards our people and trying to adequately describe it is daunting. Part of the problem is that these snippets of history do not stand alone in time and context. All these situations relate to each other, not...