North Bend, Ore. – The Coquille Indian Tribe invites the public to join in the celebration of its 25thRestoration Day anniversary on June 28-29 at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park.
“This is an important landmark for the Coquille Tribe, and our members will be returning to their homeland to celebrate 25 years as a restored Tribe,” said Coquille Tribe Chairperson Brenda Meade. “We also want to share this day with our friends and neighbors who have supported the Tribe and have benefitted from our growth over the last quarter of a century.”
The public event begins at 11 a.m. both days and will feature a traditional salmon bake, Native American vendor booths and the drumming and dancing of a traditional pow wow. But the focus of all of this activity is the 25thanniversary of the Tribe’s restoration.
On June 28, 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Coquille Restoration Act, which officially restored the government-to-government relationship between the Coquille Indian Tribe and the government of the United States. The legislation, sponsored by then-second term Congressman Peter DeFazio, erased 35 years of termination caused by the 1954 Western Oregon Indian Termination Act.
“It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this single act to the members of the Coquille Tribe,” said Chairperson Meade. “The Restoration Act is the way the U.S. government and its citizens remember and acknowledge that the Coquille Tribe is a sovereign nation that existed long before there was a United States. It is the foundation for all that we have done and can do as a sovereign Tribal Nation.
“We set aside Restoration Day as a Tribal holiday to honor those determined members of our Tribe who refused to accept termination and worked for decades to right this wrong,” Meade added. “This is the equivalent of our Tribe’s independence day. It is the day we returned to the path of self-determination and self-sufficiency for our people.”
For more information on the Restoration Celebration, visit the Coquille Tribe website at www.coquilletribe.org.
About the Coquille Indian Tribe:Comprising a people whose ancestors lived in the lands of the Coquille River watershed and lower Coos Bay, the Coquille Indian Tribe today has 1,000 members and a land base of 7,043 acres. After the United States reinstituted federal recognition to the Tribe and restored its full sovereignty rights in 1989, the Coquille Tribal government created an administrative program that now provides housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. The Tribe is the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon, with successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, gaming and hospitality, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.
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Contact:Ray Doering, communications director, 541-756-8800 ext.1243 or (cell) 541-297-4611.