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The People are Dancing Again

28 min
E99. S544 P46 2002

For more than a century, the various tribes and bands that make up the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians endured war, removal, death, and loss of their homeland at the hands of the Europeans who were attracted by the rich resources that existed on our ancestors' homeland.

The Siletz Reservation was whittled down from 1.1 million acres to the allotments (about 44,000 acres) and five sections of tribal timber. Eventually, all the big timber was cut. Though seedlings were planted, the logging industry never recovered. There were no jobs.

Siletz people began to look elsewhere for work. Our old traditions were discouraged and we were encouraged to assimulate.

In 1954, the federal government decided that we were no longer Indians. Our relationship with the government was terminated.

But interest in our traditional ways survived and in the 1970s, tribal members renewed their efforts to restore our federal recognition as a tribe. The Siletz Tribe was restored in 1977, the first in Oregon and the second in the nation to regain federal recognition.

"The People are Dancing Again" is the story of the beginning of this comeback. This film originally was produced in 1976 as a documentary to help the Siletz Tribe lobby for the restoration of federal recognition as a tribe.

We continue to look toward the future as we remember our ancient traditions. We invite you to join us on this journey as you discover the land of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

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