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Old 04-02-2017, 11:51 PM
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I think some of you may find this interesting, it also a bit personal to me as I like on the Umatilla Reservation.

FULL EPISODE HERE 59 minutes run time

Broken Treaties, An Oregon Experience

Most non-Indian people in Oregon don’t seem to know much about the state’s Native American population.

“Yeah, that’s missing in our school system. It’s missing in public discourse and understanding. Most people know which casino are where. So if it comes up in conversation that you’re Siletz — of something about the tribes — they’ll say, ‘Is your casino Spirit Mountain?’ or they’ll say, ‘Is your casino Chinook Winds?’

Northwest history is a popular subject these days. Bookstores have shelves filled with writings about the pioneers, the Astor party, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the history of Portland, Oregon.

But what about the people who were already settled here when those pioneers arrived?

What do folks today know about the earlier Oregonians who fished for salmon in the Willamette River and watched the late-day sun light up Mount Hood — thousands of years before Portland got its name?

“Broken Treaties” introduces OPB viewers to Oregon’s tribes and explores a thread of the story that isn’t told well in those shelves of history books.

From the early days of white settlement, the native people faced efforts to separate them from their traditional religions and to convert them to Christianity. Indians, especially Indian children, were also discouraged from speaking their ancestral languages and pressed to adopt Western clothing and culture.

For several years, the U.S. government assigned various dominations of Christian churches to the reservations. The churches were provided “captive audiences” to educate in the Christian ways and worked to assimilate the native people at little or no cost to the government.
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I don't have the time at the moment to watch the video, but history shows what was done: promises made and promises broken.

It's another part of history that doesn't make us proud, that's for sure.
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