Tribes gather in Salem
7:01 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Oregon Tribes Gather In Salem For Tribal Nation's Day

Leaders and representatives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes gathered at Oregon’s State Capitol in Salem this week for tribal nation’s day.

A dozen years ago Oregon was the first state in the nation to pass a state tribal government to government relations law. The law emphasizes the critical importance of establishing and maintaining the variety of ways that tribal and state governments learn from each other’s structures, policies, traditions and history.

Louie Pitt Jr. is the Governmental affairs and planning director for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. He says the relationship helps inform both tribal and state decision makers as well as to provide opportunities to exchange relevant information and work together on shared interests.

Thursday’s event included presentations by various tribes and was highlighted by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s signing of a proclamation kicking off American Indian Week.

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