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Restore Federal Recognition for the Chinook Indian Nation

Congress has the authority to recognize tribes — and can restore the Chinook’s rightful recognition that was granted 20 years ago.
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The Time to Act is Now

In 2001, the Chinook Nation obtained federal recognition from the U.S. government. However, celebration turned into heartbreak when the U.S. government rescinded this recognition eighteen months later.

The Chinook Indian Nation was essentially declared nonexistent in the eyes of the government. Our nation has been unable to access programs and resources to which federally recognized tribes are entitled. Over the last 20 years, the lack of federal recognition has cost $200 million dollars, opportunities for our youth, and countless lives.
Congress has both the power and authority to recognize tribes. We are calling on our elected officials to do what’s right and end this humanitarian crisis. Stop the genocide. Federally recognize the Chinook Indian Nation.
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You can help us fight for Chinook justice. Tens of thousands of Americans have already written letters and signed petitions in support of the Chinook Indian Nation.

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Show that you support federal recognition of the Chinook Indian Nation.
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Cha’ist, wife of Chief Huckswelt, who signed the Lower Chinook Treaty at Tansy Point in 1851.
Chinook Canoes, Shoalwater Bay. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Edward S. Curtis Collection.

Our History

The Chinook Indian Nation is made up of the five western-most Chinookan speaking tribes at the mouth of the Columbia River.
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