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January 2014

Clatsop-Nehalem: Former school site could become Native American center - The Cannon Beach City Council is considering a proposal from the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes that the school become an educational resource for the community.

Clatsop-Nehalem: Confederated Tribes seek federal recognition - When Dick Basch reflects on the many trials and trails of his ancestors, he finds his people’s very presence on the North Coast remarkable. “It’s amazing that we’re still here,” said Basch, the vice president of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. “But we are still here.”

December 2013

Clatsop-Nehalem: Tribes seek Cannon Beach site - Twelve years ago, the tribe’s hereditary chief, Joe Scovell, spoke of holding cultural activities and doing educational outreach at the school, Basch said. Scovell once reminded Basch that the former’s grandmother and several of his aunts and uncles were born in the village that once stood on the elementary school site.

Clatsop-Nehalem: Laying a 200-year-old injustice to rest - This is a story about a canoe and an event that reaches back 20 decades, or eight generations in genealogists’ terms. While it has been dormant in our nation’s history, it has remained unforgotten in the minds and culture of a small group of residents. Their legacy is that of a tiny Native American tribe whose roots reach far back in geologic time.

October 2013

Clatsop-Nehalem: Warrenton commissioner attacks Kitzhaber over mascots - Commissioner Dick Hellberg usually has a bone or two to pick to with the government. His latest frustration comes from Warrenton High School’s direction to restyle their mascot from the Warriors to a logo that is not Native American, despite support in keeping the mascot from the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes.

May 2013

Clatsop-Nehalem: Basch named Udall Scholar again - or the second consecutive year, Pacific University student Charlotte Basch has been named a Udall Scholar, one of just 50 students nationwide in 2013 to receive the honor. Basch is a junior from Seaside majoring in anthropology and sociology, while also minoring in indigenous studies. Basch belongs to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes and is a council member and Canoe Family captain for the Clatsop-Nehalem in Northwest Oregon.

June 2012

Clatsop-Nehalem: States Stake Claim On Sir Francis Drake's Landing - Oregon and California are locked in a dispute over something that happened 433 years ago, when Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans. It happened on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where? Oregon or California? The National Park Service is now poised to officially recognize one state's claim. Drake was the prototypical swashbuckling British ship captain. It took him three years to circumnavigate the world. In 1579, he spent five weeks repairing his ship and interacting with West Coast tribes. Amateur historian Garry Gitzen believes that happened near his house overlooking Nehalem Bay on the northern Oregon coast. Comment: Drake's landing probably caused an epidemic. Boyd or Fenn cite evidence of an epidemic in the San Francisco area that supports the contention he landed there. But, hard evidence cannot be ignored.

April 2012

Clatsop-Nehalem and Warm Springs: A celebration of heritage and culture on the water - Members of the Clatsop-Nehalem and Warm Springs Confederated Tribes used the Necanicum River in Seaside March 31 for a practice run with their canoe before will they take to the Columbia River near the John Day Dam this summer for an annual canoe journey to Northern Puget Sound.

The Chinook Indians: Traders of the Lower Columbia River (Civilization of the American Indian) [Paperback]: The Chinook Indians, who originally lived at the mouth of the Columbia River in present-day Oregon and Washington, were experienced traders long before the arrival of white men to that area. A small seashell, the dentalium, was the principal medium of exchange. Women held equal status with the men in the trade, and in fact the women were preferred as traders by many later ships' captains, who often feared and distrusted their men.

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