People are Dancing Again Film Collection, 1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Title
People are Dancing Again Film Collection
Dates
1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.1 cubic feet, including 1 film reel
Collection Number
OrSlTCC Dancing
Summary
The film, The People are Dancing Again, documents the reorganization of Siletz tribal members nearly 20 years following the termination of federal recognition and support for western Oregon tribes.
Repository
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Tribal Cultural Collections
402 Park Way P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR
97380
Telephone: 541-444-2450
rkentta@ctsi.nsn.us
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
Collection materials are in English.
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant rewarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The movement for restoration of Siletz tribal status began in the early 1970's as tribal members started to reorganize with the formation of a tribal council, which held its first meeting on September 30, 1973 in Siletz, Oregon. Joe Lane was elected as the Council's Chairman and Robert Rilatos became Vice Chairman. Senator Mark O. Hatfield and Congressman Les AuCoin proved strong supporters, introducing the bill to the Senate and House of Representatives. In December of 1976, the Statistical Profile of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians was developed, revealing the socio-economic need of the community, which would benefit from the federal support that would accompany the restoration of tribal status.

Siletz tribal members gained endorsements and support from regional intertribal organizations, the Yakama tribes, and Oregon citizens. Other influential supporters included legal aid lawyer, John Volkman, consulting attorney, Charles Wilkinson, and John Echohawk of the Native American Rights Fund. One source of opposition were commercial and recreational fishing organizations, including the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, which fought to defeat the Restoration Act and revoke all established fishing and hunting rights. From March 30-31, 1976, Senate subcommittee meetings were held in which council members provided testimony. On November 18, 1977, the Siletz Restoration Act was signed.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The film documents the reorganization of Siletz tribal members nearly 20 years following the termination of federal recognition and support for western Oregon tribes. The documentary was produced to gather support for the restoration of Siletz tribal status.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Videotape copies of the film are available.

Preferred Citation

People are Dancing Again Film Collection, Siletz Tribal Cultural Collections, Siletz, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Siletz Indians--legal status, laws, etc.
  • Siletz Indians--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Motion pictures