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Remembering the Winter of 1856 and the toll it took on their people – not to mention the U.S. Army

Siletz residents and tribal members remember the "Trail of Tears" their ancestors endured in being forcibly transplanted from their historical home on the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers to Northwest Oregon.

Siletz residents and tribal members remember the “Trail of Tears” their ancestors endured in being forcibly transplanted from their historical home on the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers to Northwest Oregon.

Those who would like to show their support and remembrance of the forced migration of the Siletz Tribal people from southern Oregon to the Siletz area in 1856, can sign up for part or all of the “Run for the Rogue” coming up later in the week.

It’s an annual event that involves Native as well as Non-native Americans as they retrace the “Trail of Tears” as Siletz tribal members were ripped from their homes along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers in the mid-1800s. Many were forced to walk, some barefoot, over 200 miles to their new tribal reservations that were forced upon them by the U.S. Government and their military. Many Siletz tribal members were sickened, injured – even died enroute during the many days of rain and snowy conditions as they marched and stumbled along their long journey.

Those who would like to participate at any level are welcome. Sign ups are through Buddy Lane at 541-444-8230 or on line at BuddyL@ctsi.nsn.us

Running and walking relay teams are being set up, but individual walkers or runners are certainly welcome to take part. Campsites, meals and refreshments are provided along the route. Those who participate will also receive a commemorative T-shirt, along with the satisfaction of knowing they participated in the memory of what happened to the Siletz Tribes in 1856 – not among the proudest moments in the history of The West.

The walk and run starts Friday, September 11th at the Siletz Tribal Community Center in Siletz and terminates on the 13th at Oak Flat, on the Rogue River, near Agness, Oregon.

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