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The Tribes vision is to be a tribal community known as a caring people dedicated to the principles of honesty and integrity building community individual responsibility and self-sufficiency through personal empowerment and responsible stewardship of human and natural resources a community willing to act with courage in preserving tribal cultures and traditions for all future generationsThe Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon includes over 20 Tribes and bands from western Oregon and northern California that were relocated to the Grand Ronde reservations in the 1850s These included the Rogue River Umpqua Chasta Kalapuya Molalla Salmon River Tillamook and Nestucca Indians who had lived in their traditional homelands for over 8000 years before the arrival of the first white visitors They lived off the land -- fish and game were plentiful and what they couldnt catch in the rivers or hunt in the forests they acquired by trade with other TribesThe Grand Ronde reservation was established by treaty arrangements in 1854 and 1855 and an Executive Order of June 30 1857 The Reservation contained over 60000 acres and was located on the eastern side of the coastal range on the head-waters of the South Yamhill river about 60 miles southwest of Portland and about 25 miles from the ocean In 1887 the General Allotment Act became law Under the law 270 allotments totaling slightly over 33000 acres of the Grand Ronde Reservation were made to individual Indians With these allotments came a provision which allowed the Indian lands to go from federal trust status to private ownership after 25 years The purpose of the Act was to make farmers of the Indians However the result of this action was the loss of major portions of the reservation to non-Indian ownership Then in 1901 US Inspector James McLaughlin declared a 25791 tract of the reservation surplus and the US sold it for 116 per acre In 1936 under the Indian Reorganization Act the Tribe
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