Stretch Of North Santiam River Back In Tribal Hands

OPB and Statesman Journal, July 07, 2013



By: Dee Moore

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are now conservators of a two-mile section of the North Santiam River and 338 acres of adjacent land that was formerly a farm. The tribe purchased the property with help from the Western Rivers Conservancy and Bonneville Power Authority, but not disclosed the purchase price. The area was once held by the Kalapuya people; now one of 27 tribes that make up the confederation,

According CTGR ceded-lands program manager Michael Karnosh, the property has been named “Chahalpam,” which means “place of the Santiam Kalapuya people” in the Kalapuyan language.

“It is on the north bank of the North Santiam River a few miles downstream from Stayton. A stone’s throw away, directly across the river from Chahalpam, is the ‘Reservation of the Santiam Band of the Calapooia Tribe’, as delineated in the heated, hard-fought treaty negotiations in 1851 between Chief Alquema and Indian Agent John Gains,” Karnosh said.

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