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TRIBES RECLAIM LAND AND CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE.

At 7:34pm on February 3, 2009, Debra Rincon Lopez said…
Klamath Tribes in southern Oregon buys back part of the lost reservation-and with that returns the tradition of caring for and being nurtured by the land. The Klamath,Modoc & Yahooskin peoples who make up the Klamath Tribes, entered into an option agreement Dec. 18. 2008. To purchase teh 90,000-acre Mazama Forest in south central Oregon near our tribal homeland of Chiloquin-also known as the Mazama Tree Farm. The forest was once part of 1.2 million acres reserved in te 1864 treaty, but liquidated by Congress in 1954 during the now repudiated policies of the Termination Era. The tribe regained federal recognition in 1986-but a land base was not returned with restoration. For more information you can contact me or www.klamathtribes.org

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Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 9, 2009 at 7:05pm
Yes, it is supposed to be for all the Tribal members. But, they want to make stipulations now, they say if you don't live here in the County, then you can't get help from the Tribe. For college, or any other kind of assistance. When they are supposed to help all tribal members, not just the one's they want to. They said if we want to be eligible, we have to move to the County and live there for 1 year. Then and only then will we be eligible for help from the programs, like medical, rental, dental, energy assist. Some members did just that, but it snow too much there, and there's not enough jobs to go around for all the Tribal members anyway. If we all moved back today, we would be homeless and jobless, and frozen to our necks with snow. It snow there alot of the time. We don't have big trucks and horses and ways to get around like they have down there. At least I don't. I will let you know what they will do next. I hope they just help all the Tribal members out soon.
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 9, 2009 at 1:56am
The Casino earnings a portion of the earnings gets divided by the remaining Tribal members that are and have been enrolled in the Tribe before they closed the rolls in 1959. I got enrolled in 1979 when the Tribe was still not recognized as a Tribe by the Federal Govt. They then closed the right to enroll in the tribe in 1980 or so. I'm not sure how many members there are today. But, some live in OR,WA, Calif. Nevada, and other states. They had to be enrolled before it closed. They divide the earnings after they pay all the loans and other bills for the Casino. We only had 2 payments so far. Are last payment was for $32.00 in June 2008. But the payment before that was $1,000 for the last 3 years of earnings. So, the last payment was so low because they donated our money to charity. That's what they told us anyway. If that ever happens again, I will certainly be angry as heck????
Comment by Juan Almonte on February 9, 2009 at 1:37am
Debra, I am curios. How does that casino thing work. How do your nation split this money.
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 9, 2009 at 1:10am
We aren't in anyway instinct. We have been here all along, all these years. We have alot of other members that are trying to join the Tribe. But, the Tribal enrollment has been closed since 1959. For no new members to even be eligible to enroll in the Tribe. Otherwise we would have a bunch of non-Native people claiming our Tribal heritage. They go by how much blood quantum you have of the Klamath Modoc or Yahooshkin Tribe to be enrolled. It is closed now anyway. Maybe later they will open the rolls again. But, if they did all the money made from the Casino would be divided more ways to more people. That's why they close the enrollment abitlity. Sick isn't it.????
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 9, 2009 at 1:01am
We have been fighting in Federal Court cases all these years for some properties and our rights and Water and Hunting & Fishing rights forever. We are gradually getting things back little by little. Even if my children get what had been taken in the past, that will be good enough for us. We all know they owe all of our Ancestors past, present and future. They will never do enough to satisfy me???
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 7, 2009 at 12:14am
I will look and check that out for you, and let you know, okay Ruben. I will send you a message soon. Thanks for the reply to my comments.
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 5, 2009 at 8:58pm
I have seen the Hope prophecies and I believe all the indiginous people will get there homes and land back. I was created for us to live and to protect. We would have never polluted it and used it for greedy money making uses. I do believe it will be returned to the rightful owners, it's going to happen. Soon enough all will see. Thanks for the reply to my message. I appreciate your comments.
Comment by Debra Rincon Lopez on February 4, 2009 at 9:51pm
They took it all from us, and then threw us out. They wanted us to assimilate into the cities and be tax paying citizens. I did'nt work though. I want the land back, but they won't even give us our Treaty rights that are God given right to our own lands. Someday we will prevail. Maybe sooner than later. If not in my lifetime, I hope in my kids lifetime. That's what me mother said when I was a youngster. Later from a Klamath tribal member from Oregon. Debra Rincon Lopez.
Comment by Anita Pagan on February 4, 2009 at 11:55am
Taino Ti, all!

Land is a heavy topic in Indian Country, it has a marked influence on many forms of identity: the outside recognition from -ologists and academia, the political identity, communal identity, heck, even individual identity is affected.

What ticks me off is that the lands were not restored when the tribe was. They had to buy their land back!

Why didn't they get the lands back when the tribe was restored? What's the present status of het land- Tribal Owned?

Nanu
Comment by adem medina cardona on February 4, 2009 at 12:33am
hey, Debrah! missed you at the Portland Powwow, but i will try to make it to your part of the state before i return home.
peace&luv~c

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