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Photograph of Siletz woman courtesy MSCUA, University of Washington Libraries, NA15116
Siletz Indians

First Noted by Expedition
While wintering at Fort Clatsop, November 1805 to March 1806

The Siletz were one of the groups encountered by Lewis and Clark at Fort Clatsop, the small stronghold the explorers built on the Pacific coast. The traditional lands of the Siletz were south of the Tillamook River, which was the farthest south the Corps explored along the Oregon coast.

By 1851 the U.S. government had relocated 2,025 Siletz to a reservation near the mouth of the Umpqua River that they shared with several other tribes. Their tribal charter was revoked in 1956, which meant the U.S. government did not officially recognize the band as Indians, but through the tribe's perseverance it was restored in 1977.

Along with the Alsea and the Siuslaw Indians, they now are part of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Oregon.

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