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Restoration Pow Wow This Weekend

The public is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on Saturday, Nov. 16, as it holds its annual Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. This free event begins with a grand entry at 6 p.m. American Indian vendors with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale will be available throughout the day.

This is the 42 nd year that the Siletz Tribe has celebrated the signing of Public Law 95-195, which re-established government-to-government relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government. The Siletz Tribe was terminated from federal recognition in August 1954.

In the late 1960s, it became apparent that the only way to preserve and revitalize Siletz Tribal sovereignty, community and culture was for the Siletz Tribe to regain its status as a Tribe recognized by the United States. In November 1977, after years of intense lobbying, Congress and President Jimmy Carter approved Public Law 95-195, which reinstated recognition of the Siletz as a federal Indian Tribe.

The Siletz Tribe was the second in the nation – and the first in Oregon – to achieve restoration. Dedicated to improving the quality of life of its more than 5,400 members, the Tribe puts strong emphasis on the education, health and social well-being of all its members.

The Siletz Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $17.6 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items since 1995. It also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fundraisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for events.

Information and photo provided by CTSI

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