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The Second Plague: Indian Reservations

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 6th, 2020


Much has been written about the impact of pandemics on indigenous populations. Columbus and his exploratory contemporaries brought slavery and conquest to the new worlds, and that conquest…


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John Collier and Indian Termination Policy

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , March 22nd, 2020


As Commissioner of Indian Affairs, John Collier was a long-term advocate for Indian tribes. In the 1920s, John Collier, a trained sociologist, led efforts in Washington, D.C. to…


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J. Ross Browne Investigation as Reported to the SF Herald, 1857

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , February 17th, 2020


Special Indian Agent J. Ross Browne famously came to the Northwest reservations in 1857 and wrote reports of the conditions of the tribes on the reservations. The following…


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Ka’hosadi Shasta Peoples of Oregon and California

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , December 1st, 2019


Chief John, Tecumtum, was the leader of the Rogue River Confederacy for over a year in southwestern Oregon. The Confederacy formed when tribal bands on the Table Rock…


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Joel Palmer Returning Indians and Feeding Natives, Siletz 1871

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 18th, 2019


Joel Palmer was the Indian Agent at the Siletz Agency in 1871 and had responsibilities, as emphasized in his 1871 journal, over continuing to removing Indians from the…


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Joel Palmer’s Defiant Cattle Drive Through Grand Ronde, 1874

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , June 17th, 2019


In 1874, Joel Palmer was again an independent contractor for the Indian service, after having completed a two-year stint as the Indian Agent for the Siletz Agency. Palmer…


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Nachicolcho or Siletz: a Place on the Oregon Coast

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , April 11th, 2019


The Siletz placename is something of a mystery. Leo J. Frachtenberg, the ethnologist assigned to collect native languages on the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations in about 1913, …


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Remarkably Good Health … except for the deaths; Siletz Health report 1863

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , September 2nd, 2018


Reservation Health Reports previous to the 1870’s are fairly rare. there are about two reports a year for each reservation. The annual reports also have some health information,…


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We are Treated like Slaves and are Starving: Siletz Chiefs send their Remarks to the President 1862

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 29th, 2018


  In the 1860’s the western Oregon reservations were still struggling with feeding all the Indians despite promises by Indian agents, and the treaties, that when they removed,…


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Meacham’s Final Appeal to Fairly Pay the Tribes Removed to the Coast Reservation.

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 19th, 2018


Albert B. Meacham was an Indian agent in the 1860’s and 70’s and oversaw some changes in the reservations. He attempted to give the tribes some voice in…


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Did the non-ratification of the Coast Treaty cause Grand Ronde to become permanent?

Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD , August 2nd, 2018


The Grand Ronde Indian reservation was a sudden change in plans for Joel Palmer in 1855. When the Rogue River war began, and other conflicts with tribes north…


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Oregon Native Place Names in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Part 1

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , May 10th, 2018


In the map collections of Oregon Historical Society there is a selection of Coast Survey maps. Most of these maps date from 1874 and there are some later….


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Devil’s Lake and Salmon River Encampment

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , April 10th, 2018


Devil’s Lake is in Lincoln City, in fact it is the only such lake and state park completely contained within a city in Oregon. The Continue reading


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Conditions of the Alsea Indians and the Salmon River Encampment 1876-1878

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , April 7th, 2018


As addressed in previous essays, in about 1875, most Indian annuities for the Western Oregon tribes ended because the 20 year payments were exhausted. This Continue reading


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Siletz Tribal Council 1876

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , April 1st, 2018


  The year 1876 appears to have been a key year to discuss further reductions of the Siletz Reservation. The original Coast reservation was a Continue reading


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Surviving Oregon Native Languages; Online Sources and Links

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , March 25th, 2018


  Oregon Tribal Languages have been endangered for over 100 years. From an original base of some 100 languages and dialects, the number of surviving Continue reading


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The Significance of Salmon River Encampment in 1875

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , March 12th, 2018


In 1875, the United States Congress passed an act, March 3, 1875, to reduce the Coast Reservation. This act, terminated the Alsea Reservation, that section Continue reading


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Indian Catchers of Coastal Oregon 1850s

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , March 6th, 2018


A truly remarkable fact of Oregon history presented itself whole conducting some coastal research. In 1856 and for years after, the Indian agents employed and Continue reading


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Canoeing the Yaquina, Coast Reservation, November 1856

David G. Lewis' Ethnohistory Research, LLC , February 16th, 2018


The story of the Coast Reservation of Oregon is complicated. The Coast Reservation is created in 1855 by Presidential Executive Order and then for some Continue reading


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