Clatsop-Nehalem tribes plan after return of ancestral land

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Earlier this year the owner of 18.6 acres of land in Seaside, Oregon, decided to deed it back to the Native American people who used to live there. Now, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the Clatsop-Nehalem tribes have hope of restoring a semblance of what was once called Seaside’s “Indian Place.” The area was so important to the Clatsop Tribe that when it signed a treaty in 1851 ceding their land, this was where they were guaranteed the right to fish and hunt indefinitely. Ultimately, they were fenced out and forced to leave. Over the last two decades, the North Coast Land Conservancy has protected that area, referring to it as its Neawanna Point Habitat Preserve.