H.R. 6689, The Chinook Nation Restoration Act (7 comments ↓)

  • This item is from the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as H.R. 2576, The Chinook Nation Restoration Act.

H.R. 6689 would restore Federal recognition to the Chinook Nation.

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August 24, 2008, 12:33am (report abuse)

I think this bill should go through but I also think the clatsop-nehalem confederated tribe deserve the same thing. Because they are the true tribe who housed and supported Lewis & Clark over the winter of 1805&06 look at the journals and you will see for your self.


October 2, 2008, 4:53pm (report abuse)

The people of the Chinook Nation has been waiting for over 150 years for recognition! Our ancestors made sure our people knew where we came from and that we are Chinook! We are a Sovereign Nation! Very much alive! The Chinooks saved Lewis & Clark! I am very proud of the history. My Mother was sent to Chemawea Indian Boarding School. Along with her Mother and Grandmother and so on, in the history of our family. We are indian! Our children are indian! We deserve this for our future generations!


October 2, 2008, 6:04pm (report abuse)

This bill is long time coming! We have fought every adversity known to Indians, it is time we are restored!

The blank - nehalem group is a splinter group, the clatsop people are Chinookan. One of their members was a chinook council member for 25 years. He saw an opportunity to start a new "tribe" and left! We are a tribe made up of 5 bands, we have been fighting for justice since the time of the treaties! Support our bill, make our people whole again!


October 3, 2008, 1:38pm (report abuse)

This bill is long over due. The Chinookan people of the mouth of the Columbia River should have a land base and an ability to govern themselves and that land. Regarding the blank-Nehalem issue: The Chinook Nation's constitution predates many of the constitutions of recognized tribes in Oregon and Washington. It also represents an important transition from an aboriginal form of government to a democratic form. The original drafters of that document were chiefs and people of rank. The first Chairman under the current constituion was Chief Roland Charlie. These individuals clarified who the Chinook community was. The community is made up of descendants of the five westernmost Chinookan speaking peoples (the Lower Chinook, CLATSOP, Wahkiakum, Kathlamet and Willapa). Recent Chinook Tribal Councils have had as many as 7 of 9 members with Clatsop descent. The Chinook Nation is the rightful inheritors of the Clatsop.


October 12, 2008, 12:44am (report abuse)

It is time for the people of the Chinook Nation to be restored, and once again recognized by the federal government for who they are and all that they have done to help make this country great.


November 19, 2008, 11:13am (report abuse)

Interestingly, at the same time another bill is being considered; Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area Study Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing the Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area in the States of Washington and Oregon, and for other purposes.

How can one bill be considered without simultaneously considering the bill to recognize the tribes of the Chinook as a nation?

History recognizes how invaluable was the aid and help of the Chinooks to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area Study Act is predicated on promoting the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

To fail to recognize the history of the Chinook as vitally connected to the well being of Lewis and Clark expedition and subsequent development in the Columbia River/Pacific Ocean areas would dishonor authentic history.


December 4, 2008, 6:53pm (report abuse)

It is time for the government to right a wrong and pass this Restoration bill. The long history, strong culture and family ties to the land of the Chinook has survived many heartaches. Please help support this bill.

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