january, 2022

19jan11:00 am12:00 pmTermination: The Attempt to Destroy and the Rebuilding of the Siletz Tribes11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST


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Termination: The Attempt to Destroy and the Rebuilding of the Siletz Tribes

Wed, January 19, 2022

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

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The federal policy known as Termination was one of the most destructive policies ever initiated by the United States Congress. Passed in 1953 and signed by President Harry Truman, Termination was intended to end tribal rights as sovereign nations and completely dispossess tribes of their lands. Ed Ben (Siletz) will offer his first-hand account of the reactions and actions of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians as Termination was forced upon them. Our second speaker, Bud Lane (Siletz), will discuss the impacts of Termination and the tribes’ efforts to rebuild itself over 44 years to become a vibrant, culturally-focused sovereign nation once again.

A Navy veteran who served in World War II, Ed Ben was actively involved in the Tribes’ restoration efforts after the Termination Act passed and was elected to the first tribal council post-restoration. Now an elder at age 93, and following in the footsteps of his father, Archie, Mr. Ben continues to pass on his historical, cultural, and language knowledge about the Tribes to younger generations.

Alfred “Bud” Lane III recently retired from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Tribal Council where he served as its vice-chairman, a position he held beginning in 1987. He is a knowledge holder and teacher of the Athabaskan language and culture bearer of Siletz traditions and basketry. Siletz children and adults are learning the language, songs, and dances of their ancestors through Bud. He is a 2007 ILA honoree.

This is the second of four briefings in this series. Learn more about the full series and RSVP.


(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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