Oregon would be asked to contribute lottery funds to help pay for the deal, according to the agreement. California and the U.S. Congress would have to chip in as much as $500 million in “new money” to the deal, with the remainder coming from money already being spent by the states and federal government on the basin.
Included in the agreement is a new 90,000-acre reservation for the Klamath Tribe in Klamath County, where the tribe once had ancestral lands. The tribe, like many other participants in the agreement, sought its own benefits in exchange for agreeing to the overall settlement.
A question for all parties. Members of the Klamath Tribes voted to accept termination of their tribe in return for cash payment from the U.S. Goverment. Are the parties reneging on the deal now? Isn’t this what we used to call, back in the insensative days, “Indian Giving”?
Of the 2,133 members of the Tribe on the final roll, 1,658 voted to withdraw and 77 elected to remain, while 398 didn’t vote in May 1958. Those who did not vote were added to the list of remaining members, except for Edison Chiloquin, who began a lengthy battle to get his own parcel of land instead of continuing to get per capita payments.Those who withdrew from the Tribe got about $43,000. In all, about $70 million was paid out in 1961.
Are the tribal members going to pay back that money now? Or does this mean that the people of the United States, having bought the land from the tribe once, now have to pay to replace the land they bought in 1961? If so, the $43,000 paid in 1961 is now $282,759.63 and $70 million is $460,306,381.20.
Before termination, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and political activists who wanted Indians to be freed from the bonds of federal paternalism had told members of Congress that timber wealth made the Klamath Tribe ripe for termination. They said the Tribe could support itself on its own timber money.
Are the Klamath Tribes now arguing that they are in fact unable to care for themselves without the “Great White Father” and were stupid and gullible when they took the money and want the BIA back? Do they think this going to work out better than the present situation on most reservations where alcohol and drug abuse are rampant, and unemployment is the norm rather than the exception?