On November 1st 2018, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians filed an application to place 20 square miles of land surrounding the Coos Bay on the National Register of Historic Places.
The only way to stop the government from listing the area on the National Register of Historic Places is for a majority of affected landowners to file an official Historic District Objection Form with the State of Oregon by May 10, 2019.
Even though most of the area is submerged, the designation will affect properties inland from the high tide line. The Tribe is making this proposal for the benefit of keeping the city accountable and to have more authority over their archeological lands. The area includes 158 archaeological and culturally significant sites,
The Parks & Rec Commission forwarded the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on February 22 at their meeting in The Mill Casino, which the Coquille Indians own. The people of Coos County have to get the word out for the opt-out.
The group Coos Concerned Property Owners has opened up an office at 281 South Broadway, in Downtown Coos Bay a few doors down from the Prefontaine mural. Their hours are Monday thru Friday between 9am to 6pm, or you can go to their website.
Correction: The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians have been a Federally Recognized Tribe since October 17th, 1984. Their homeland includes the estuaries of the Coos Bay, and the Umpqua and Siuslaw Rivers. The Tribes have been operating under a confederated government since the signing of the Treaty of August in 1855. The Confederated Tribes have continuously maintained an elected governing body from 1916 to present.
In 1941, the Bureau of Indian Affairs took a small privately donated parcel (6.12 acres) into trust for the Confederated Tribes in the city of Coos Bay. On this small “reservation”, the BIA also erected a Tribal Hall that included an assembly hall, kitchen, offices and medical clinic. It is still in use today and is on the Register of Historic Places. However, without their knowledge or consent, they were included in the Western Oregon Termination Act of 1954.
Even though the U.S. government officially terminated them, the Confederated Tribes never sold their small reservation and Tribal Hall, and, instead, maintained it. On October 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan restored the Tribes to federal recognition by signing Public Law 98-481. The Tribes’ sovereignty was once again recognized and the US congress restored funding for education, housing and health programs. In 1987, the Tribe approved a constitution and began to lay the groundwork for a self-sufficiency plan.