A 155-year-old fraudulent treaty with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is one final step away from being nullified.
Oregon’s Congressional Delegation has worked for years to void the 1865 treaty between the tribes and the U.S. Government because it amended a previous agreement establishing land rights and off-reservation hunting and fishing.
The supplement prohibited members of the Warm Springs for leaving without permission and an escort and relinquished off-reservation rights.
It was never enforced but remained in place until this week, when a bill nullifying the treaty passed both the House and Senate.
“We’ve gotten it done and taken this really black mark off the record books,” Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley said. “It just still has one more step, which is to be signed in the Oval Office, but I certainly hope and believe that will happen very soon.”
Senator Merkley and other Oregon lawmakers say it’s long past time to “right this long-standing wrong.”