Lewis and Clark National Heritage Area moves forward…what about Chinook Tribe recognition?
Posted by pallix on April 11, 2009
It’s been on my radar to keep an eye out for the progress being made to have this region declared a National Heritage Area. My interest is more along the lines of what seems a corresponding and relevant action to recognize the Chinook Tribe as a declared Tribe. To my way of thinking, the naming of Lewis and Clark National Heritage area, requires a recognition of the Chinook people as a federally recognized tribe.
Without the friendship and aid of the Chinook people, Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition may well have not survived once they arrived in this area – the mouth of Columbia River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Legislation has been introduced to give recognition to the Chinook Tribe. That legislation has not moved along; while simultaneously legislation to declared this area a Lewis and Clark National Heritage area seems to be moving along. To my way of thinking, these are hand in glove actions, complementing each other, and it seems to me it would be hypocritical to have one without the other.
Link to article at Daily Astorian; excerpt
Having just returned from a trip overseas, David Szymanski, superintendent at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, is canvassing the North Coast to update communities on the proposed National Heritage Area.
He presented to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners an update on the proposed Columbia Pacific National Heritage Area Wednesday in the Judge Guy Boyington Building. Heritage areas define a region where communities can use federal funds to benefit local economies.
"This project will not go forward until we’ve heard from local governments and the public," Szymanski said.
The Columbia Pacific heritage area would incorporate portions of Clatsop County and Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in Washington.
"People are probably surprised to learn that the National Park Service often has skepticism about National Heritage Areas," Szymanski said. "Some have not been well thought out."
Szymanski said the most important requirement for a heritage area is finding the right coordinating entity. A lot of heritage areas focus on tourism, rather than broader economic development.
ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia was recently selected for the coordinating entity for this heritage area, in large part because the nonprofit organization focuses on investment and capital building.