Tribal people have asked for years about their treaties and about many of the original federal documents which shaped the tribe. Many people have been told or taught erroneous facts of the tribe and have an imperfect understanding of dates and documents. This is completely understandable as our history has been very diverse and complex and it very tough to put together all of the pieces.
Most of these documents are available online in some manner and I have used them for years to work on our tribal histories. They are treaties, an executive order, the 1936 Constitution, the termination act documents from 1954 and 1956, the Restoration act, and the reservation act. Sixteen documents that are essential to our tribal history.
I have presented these documents in their original archival form when I have them. A few are transcriptions or a online document because the original presentations are tough to come by. The project took about three hours to assemble from my digital archival files. I welcome additional suggestions as to what other documents to add to this document.
Essential Historic Federal Government Documents of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation, 1853-1988 Compiled by David G. Lewis, PhD, August 6, 2017
Ethnohistory Research, LLC | David G. Lewis, PhD
PhD Anthropology (UO 2009) and Native history researcher. Member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya ancestry. Owner of Ethnohistory Research LCC, professional consultant and project researcher.
I teach at local universities and colleges and take contracts with tribes, local governments and nonprofits. I have experience in archival organization, museum development, exhibit curation, traditional cultural property nomination, tribal ethnohistoric research, tribal maps, traditional ecological knowledge, and presentations to large and small gatherings. Contact me for consultation about any of these projects.