The Columbia press. (Astoria, Or.) 1949-current, May 08, 2020, Image 1

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    T he C olumbia P ress
50 ¢
C latsop C ounty ’ s I ndependent W eekly
May 8, 2020
Conservancy returns land to area Indian tribes
Land that once belonged
to Native Americans at the
north end of Seaside has
been returned to them.
North Coast Land Con-
servancy transferred own-
ership of historical tribal
lands at Neawanna Point
Habitat Reserve — 18.6
acres of saltmarsh and Sit-
ka spruce forest on the Ne-
canicum Estuary — to the
Clatsop-Nehalem Confed-
erated Tribes.
Known to the Clatsop
people as Ne-ah-coxie, or
“place of little pines,” the
property is the first the
tribes have owned since
losing their lands due to
non-native settlement more
than 200 years ago.
“We look forward to walk-
ing in the footsteps of our
ancestors as we cherish and
care for the land,” said Di-
ane Collier of Warrenton,
chair of the Clatsop tribe
and descendant of Clatsop
Chief Tostum, a signer of
the 1851 Tansy Point Trea-
ty, which was never ratified
See ‘Land’ on Page 6
Federally Insured
Plans for Skipanon
Peninsula stay on hold
Economy necessitates delay
in sale or development
The Columbia Press
Courtesy Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes
Guy Capoeman skippers the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes’ cedar
dugout canoe past the village site on the Necanicum Estuary, along with tribe
members Charlotte Basch, Lorraine Basch, and Capoeman’s daughter, Ilia.
village site,
known as
Point Habi-
tat Reserve,
where Nea-
coxie Creek
enters the
Courtesy NCLC
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for today, tomorrow,
and the future.
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Vol. 4, Issue 19
Plans for major improvements to the Skipanon
Peninsula have been moved, once again, to the
back burner.
More than a year ago, the Port of Astoria asked
its Airport Advisory Committee to form a sub-
panel to discuss ways to increase revenue. Some
commissioners and others have argued the
airport has been a drain on the port’s already
strapped finances.
So the subcommittee came up with several
ways the port could make money from land it
owns in Warrenton, including the 45-acre Air-
port Industrial Park west of the airport and the
Skipanon Peninsula, two miles northwest of the
“Better days are coming and
we need to be thinking about
what we want to do with it in
the future,” Port Commission-
er Frank Spence said during a
teleconference meeting Tues-
day afternoon. “We don’t know
what’s going to happen and
I think we need to put in our
minds: are we going to lease it
or sell it or (improve) it?”
Multimillion dollar grants will be hard to come
See ‘Peninsula’ on Page 4
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