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Coquille Tribe Asks Neighboring Tribe to Halt TCP Application
The Coquille Indian Tribe is the latest to announce it will not support an application for establishing a “Traditional Cultural Property” for over 20 square miles of the Coos Bay and adjacent properties. In a letter to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI), the Coquille Tribe said they are committed to preserving the heritage of their ancestors and protecting cultural resources. However, the breadth and ambiguity of the proposed TCP has caused concerns. The letter to Tribal Chairman Doc Slyter also states Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes have emphasized the need for consultation and collaboration. But, neither the tribe or local governments had been “substantially consulted” before the application was filed. CTCLUSI has been working on the application since 2015. They say the cultural overlay will help preserve culturally significant sites and vistas from the mouth and upriver of the Coos Bay Estuary. The TCP application has been highly controversial since it was announced last year in November. The Concerned Citizens of Coos County group has opposed the application and has an organized an effort to contact property owners who could be affected. The Coquille Tribes letter comes only days before the comment period ends. The last date to comment on the application is May 10th.