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Oregon coast tribe seeks federal recognition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon congresswoman wants federal recognition for the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes on the northern Oregon coast.

A bill by Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici would restore federal benefits to the Indian tribe, but not fishing or hunting rights. Recognition wouldn't require a reservation, but allows members to live in Tillamook and Clatsop counties.

The tribe has been seeking federal recognition for several decades.

More than a century ago, the tribe signed treaties with the U.S. government that were never ratified and left the tribe in legal limbo. The Indians were forced from their lands by white settlers and in 1954 Congress "terminated" their recognition.

Bonamici introduced the bill in the U.S. House on July 28.

Benefits for federally recognized tribes include medical and dental care, education grants and housing programs.

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