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Restore the Federal Recognition Status of the Chinook Indian Nation

    1. Petition by

      Chinook Indian Tribes / Nation

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.

After years of petitioning, the US reinstated the Chinooks in 2000. Then the Bush Administration rescinded the Recognition, dismissing extensive evidence of continuous Tribal existence. The Chinook satisfy all 6 criteria for Tribal Restoration: 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.

Obama Administration
Restore the Federal Recognition Status of the Chinook Indian Nation

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jo lowenthal LYNNWOOD, WA
      • 5 months ago

      I live in the Seattle area and everyone local knows the Chinooks are a tribe, we are proud to have them as part of the cultural heritage of the region. I am very disappointed to hear President Obama changed his mind, is it costing the government or its advocates too much money to recognize them, especially since they do meet the 6 criteria

      required. These people deserve a change to collectively change their lives from one of socioeconomic depression & wipe out the lower than average socioeconomic conditions...meaning daily poverty lack of food education and opportunities to live a decent life. Their existence is embedded in the land and waters of the puget sound the chinook salmon has their name give it up America give them a chance to be a unified tribe again.

    • Nancy Lewis RAYMOND, WA
      • 8 months ago

      We live in the area where the Chinooks villages were once located. A large number of family and friends have Chinook heritage and still have strong roots, customs, and language from the original tribes. It seems unthinkable that a tribe that is documented in the Lewis and Clark Journals is thought to not exist! The historical importance of this tribe should be a reason to recognize them if nothing else.

    • Janet Stevens-Nolan BUCKLAND, MA
      • 12 months ago

      I'm Siox & Cherokee

    • Foster Ranney BERNARDSTON, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      The UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People gives all Indigenous groups the right to define themselves under their own terms. It's simple.

    • Holly Abney CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I lived on the Washington Peninsula with the Chinook people. They are still there. There is no mystery about this. Lewis & Clark wrote about them. Bigotry and greed can be the only reason for not recognizing this Nation. Shame. Bush should have to answer for his bias.


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