Published on October 12, 2013 by Amy
The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon are a federally recognized Native American tribe of Hanis Coos, Miluk Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw people in Oregon. They are indigenous peoples of the Plateau.
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The service area of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians include lands a five-county area spanning Coos, Curry, Lincoln, Douglas, and Lane Counties.
The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are headquartered in Coos Bay, Oregon. The tribe is governed by a democratically-elected general council, serving four-year terms. The tribal chief serves ten-year terms. The current administration is as follows.
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw speak English. Formerly they spoke the Coos language and Siuslaw language, which is a language isolate.] The tribe runs a language program to revive Coos and Siuslaw.
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw owns and operates Three Rivers Casino and Hotel, Prime-Rib and Steak House, World Market Buffet, Trio’s, Sweet Treats, and Aces Sports Bar and Lounge, all located in Florence, Oregon.
The tribes did not have contact with Europeans until 1792. In 1828, Lower Umpqua people massacred members of the Jedediah Smith Party and attacked the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fort in 1838.
In 1860 these and other tribes were forced onto the Siletz Reservation. The reservation was split into three parts, with one section being opened to non-native settlement and another becoming the Alsea Reservation, which was opened to non-native settlment in 1875.
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw formally organized in 1916. They adopted their first constitution in 1938 and ratified their current constitution in 1987.