The victory was short-lived. After George W. Bush came on board as president a couple of weeks later, the decision was among dozens put on hold by new political leaders at the Department of the Interior. A year later, the Republican administration delivered defeat. In July 2002, then-Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb, while acknowledging a “deep appreciation” for the tribe’s legacy, denied recognition to the Chinooks. The tribe has since been unable to reverse the negative decision, despite going through the federal courts to force the BIA to reconsider. The #ChinookJustice campaign seeks to bolster support for a legislative recognition bill in Congress. “This is a critical moment in our fight for recognition,” the Chinook Nation said in a post on social media. #ChinookJustice kicks off on Monday. It includes a rally that will be livestreamed on Facebook at 11:30am Pacific time. Legislation has been introduced in the past to acknowledge a government-to-government relationship between the Chinook Nation and the United States. But no bills are currently pending. According to documents from the BIA’s Office of Federal Acknowledgment, opposition to the Chinook Nation comes primarily from the Quinault Nation, also based in Washington state. A number of Chinook citizens joined the Quinault Nation in the late 1800s, and their descendants still belong to the Quinault Nation. Some Chinook joined other tribes in the Northwest as well, according to the BIA.
Help us call for #ChinookJustice by joining our upcoming Twitterstorm on Monday, 8/29!— Chinook Indian Nation (@chinook_nation) August 26, 2022
Alongside our rally, we will be calling on Washington leaders to restore our rightful status.
Sign our petition & subscribe to our email list to join our action: https://t.co/jc73rz88Nt
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