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Wyden Suggest Land Transfer to Tribes

COOS BAY, Ore. — The control of 30,000 acres of federal timber lands could return to two Indian tribes.

The area in Southern Oregon is part of the O&C lands. The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians says the transfer of control would right an old wrong.

The tribes would have one half of the land, while the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians would get the other half. Wyden has assured timber counties the 30,000 acres transferred to the tribes would be replaced.