Near Chinook in Pacific County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
In Search of Recognition
This changed in 1954 with the passage of the termination acts, through which the U.S. government sought to end all obligations to tribes. The U.S. eventually acknowledged the injustice of termination and restored the sovereignty of most tribes. The Chinook continue to seek this recognition.
"We are fully aware that the Chinooks are an Indian Tribe." — Melvin E. Robertson Supt, Western Washington Agency 1954
"They acknowledged that we exist as Indian people but won't recognizeCaptions:
(top right) In 1910, Edward Curtis photographed Catherine Hawks George, who was known as Cha'ist to her descendants. Cha'ist attended Tansy Point negotiations, and was known for her remarkable recollection of names, family relationships and village locations of nearly all 1851 Chinookan treaty signers. Northwestern University Library. Edward S. Curtis's 'The Nortb American Indian': the Photographic Images, 2001
(bottom right) Chinook fishermen fashioned net weights like this one to sink the bottom of a seine net. NPS Collections
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 46° 14.81′ N, 123° 54.613′ W. Marker is near Chinook, Washington, in Pacific County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 101, 1.7 miles State Route 401, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Middle Village/Station Camp Park wayside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 354 US-101, Chinook WA 98614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How Do These Stories Continue? (a few steps from this marker); The Business of Trade (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's Church (a few steps from this marker); The Search for the Northwest Passage / Jefferson's Mission Accomplished (within shouting distance of this marker); A Collision of Cultures / How Did They Live? (within shouting distance of this marker); What Are the First Stories of This Place? (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Middle Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Columbia (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
Regarding In Search of Recognition. The federal government tentatively approved the tribe's petition for recognition in 2001, but withdrew it in 2003 after the neighboring Quinault Indian Nation objected over historical territorial disputes.
Also see . . . Members of Chinook Indian Nation liken lack of federal recognition to slow-motion ‘genocide’. By Anna V. Smith in The Oregonian, posted April 3, 2021. (Submitted on July 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on July 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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