The Constitution of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (“Tribe”) established a Tribal Government to do many things including securing inherent rights and powers, preserving and promoting the Tribe’s interests, and natural resource management to achieve economic and social self-sufficiency for the Tribe and its members.
The Tribal Constitution further vests in the Tribal Government with authority over all persons, property, activities, lands, waters, airspace, minerals, wildlife, and other resources found within the Tribe’s jurisdiction and territory.
The hard lesson history teaches us is that all these important Tribal functions require ownership and control of a safe and secure Tribal homeland. That is why the reacquisition and stewardship of a Tribal land base is such a crucial element of Tribal self-governance and self-determination, both now and for future generations of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.
Under our Constitution, the Tribal Council is vested with general authority over most aspects of Tribal real property and trust lands. The Tribal Council in turn relies on the Tribal Realty & Land Use staff, working closely with our General Legal Counsel, to carry out this important work to ensure that—
- The Tribe acquires a clear title to all property rights and interests it has bargained and/or paid for
- The Tribe does not acquire real property or trust lands burdened with environmental or legal problems which could jeopardize the Tribe’s economic investment or frustrate the Tribe’s intended use of the property
- The Tribe’s substantial economic investments in real property are protected in the short- and long-term
- The Tribe is protected from legal liability when people or businesses are allowed to use Tribal fee-owned real property or trust lands
To achieve these important goals, the Tribal Realty & Land Use staff supports the Tribe in all capacities pertaining to the acquisition, management, and disposal of Tribal fee-owned and trust lands. Related activities include realty actions in support of reservation proclamation, encroachment control, environmental coordination, land use planning, construction, road building, and economic development.