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The Upper Umpqua and Yoncalla are Removed to the Umpqua Reservation

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 6th, 2022


A subject which has had little clarity in the past is when were the Umpqua and Southern Kalapuya, the Yoncallas, resettled to the Umpqua Reservation at Coles Valley….


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Camas Journal May 2, 2022

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , May 3rd, 2022


I revisited Bush Park today to tour the other areas of camas. I began at the “Picnic” area, south side of the park at its upper level and…


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Camas Journal, May 1, 2022

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , May 2nd, 2022


Today, I visited three camas areas in Salem. They present different characters and interesting contexts this spring. As I left the fields I noticed splotches of yellow on…


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The Southern Exploring Expedition and The Kalapuyans

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 28th, 2022


The Charles Wilkes Exploring expedition came to Oregon in August 1841. The expedition split into two parts with some of the expedition venturing up the Columbia, and a…


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Persistence of Genocide Upon the Chetco People

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , January 6th, 2022


The Chetco Indians, perhaps more than nearly any other tribe on the Oregon coast, were repeatedly attacked by racist white settlers before their removal. In a previous set…


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Near Extinction of the Grave Creek Band

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , January 5th, 2022


The experiences of the Grave Creek Indians of southwestern Oregon mirror those of the other tribes in the region. They however hardly survived the 1850s as most of…


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Draining Lake Labish

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 19th, 2021


In 1981 I took a job weeding onion fields out Hazelgreen Road on the outskirts of Salem, Oregon, as one of my first jobs. In the summer after…


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Native Salem exhibit opens to the Public November 12th 2021

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , November 7th, 2021


This summer I was approached by the Bush Art Museum to do something for Native American month. Over the period of several months discussion we centered the exhibit…


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Santiam Forks Band of Molalla

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , October 17th, 2021


The Santiam Forks Band of Molalla is not as well known as the Northern Molalla. We have had a few stories and while there is some information in…


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Records of the Cascades Watlala Removal to Grand Ronde

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , September 26th, 2021


Joel Palmer’s letters during his superintendency lend themselves to a timeline for the removal of most tribes. Palmer penned orders and received reports from his Indian agents, sub…


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Palmer’s Ledger of Vouchers for the Willamette Valley Treaty

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 30th, 2021


In Record Group 75 (Bureau of Indian Affairs) microfilm are many millions of records of the tribes as they were being managed by federal Indian agents. The M234…


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A Policy of Forfeiture of Rights and Annuities under the Peace Treaty of 1853

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 16th, 2021


In numerous essays on this blog I have noted that many of the tribes considered the most violent, and those who had participated in the wars in southwestern…


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Forced to Pay for the Rogue River 1853 War

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 15th, 2021


One of the most egregious of acts against the Rogue River tribes in southern Oregon was making them pay for the destruction of the property of the American…


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Grand Ronde Chiefs Statements About Agriculture, 1862

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , July 12th, 2021


An investigation at Grand Ronde and the agent precipitated this meeting of the chiefs. The Indian Agent was asking for them to produce their own food and was…


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Yamhill Dogs Chase Comegys’ Hogs

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , July 12th, 2021


A letter was delivered in person to Joel Palmer, Indian Superintendent of Oregon, in 1855 of a complaint of Jacob Comegys about his pigs being chased and killed…


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Political Cartoonist at Chemawa Indian School, William John Harris

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , July 4th, 2021


William John Harris was born in Juneau Alaska March 29, 1884 to Richard Tighe Harris an Irishman, and Kitty a member of the Tlingit tribe. Richard Tighe Harris…


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Gradual decline or Catastrophic loss

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 16th, 2021


A fellow scholar asked a question about if the decline of the tribes of Oregon could be termed as “gradual,” here is my response. The destruction of the…


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Removal of Four Tribes from the Umpqua Reservation 1855-1856

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 16th, 2021


Between the time of the formation of the Umpqua Reservation in the Umpqua basin (1854) and the removal of the four tribes to Grand Ronde Reservation, in late…


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Post Indianism

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 1st, 2020


Gerald Vizenor has created the idea of the Post Indian, native peoples who are living a new consciousness beyond the stereotypes of victim-hood about Indians. Post-Indians defy the…


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Dave Yachkawa becomes Tualatin Chief 1864

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , September 18th, 2020


Information about the inner lives of the tribes in the 1860s is very sparse. A few federal reports exist but not a whole lot of information about the…


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Revisiting the Schools I Attended

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 7th, 2020


As a native person, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a descendant of the Santiam, Takelma, and Chinook peoples of western Oregon, I have…


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Nicholas Day Saves the Umpqua Indians

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 2nd, 2020


The following story appeared in the Oregonian in 1900. Nicholas Day was an Indian agent who was hired by Joel Palmer to manage the Umpqua Indians. Day took…


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The Willamette Mission Development

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , May 21st, 2020


Thanks to Jim Sheppke, former State Librarian for the state of Oregon, I received a digital copy of the thesis“Mill Place” on the Willamette a new Mission house…


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How the Trade and Intercourse Acts Aided Colonization of Native Lands

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , April 25th, 2020


Foreword As an instructor in Native Studies and anthropology, I get bombarded with having to explain why native peoples on the reservations live the way they live. People…


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