Master access agreement facilitates access to historic hunting and fishing grounds for the Confederated Tribes
Memorandum of understanding solidifies parameters for Union Pacific infrastructure projects within the reservation.
Mission, Ore., August 28, 2013 Union Pacific Railroad and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation today announced the completion of a master access agreement and a memorandum of understanding. The master access agreement reestablishes Tribal member access to historic fishing and hunting grounds through the Meacham Canyon area for the Confederated Tribes. The memorandum of understanding formalizes the relationship between Union Pacific and the Confederated Tribes as the two entities work toward track projects Union Pacific will undertake on the rail line within the borders of the reservation.
Both agreements were signed today at a special ceremony held at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Union Pacific chief executive officer Jack Koraleski joined Board of Trustee Chair Les Minthorn and Secretary Kathryn Brigham from the Confederated Tribes for the ceremonial gathering. These two agreements represent the culmination of nearly two years of ongoing negotiations between Union Pacific and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
"The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have been wonderful partners as we have worked through the details of these new agreements," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific chief executive officer. "We have invested more than $1 billion in Oregon over the last ten years, and we will continue to improve the transportation infrastructure of the state as we move forward in our collaboration with the Confederated Tribes."
"We have been here since time immemorial practicing our culture, history and way of life," said Kathryn Brigham, CTUIR Board Secretary, who served as the lead negotiator for the Board. "These agreements further recognize our commitment to preserving our culture and our rights, while building stronger partnerships with our friends at Union Pacific."
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About the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is a union of three tribes: Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla. In 1855 the three tribes signed a treaty with the U.S. government, in which it ceded over 6.4 million acres to the United States while maintaining Tribal sovereignty to manage their land and natural resources in perpetuity. The reservation is over 273 square miles and home to nearly 3,000 Tribal members. In the treaty, the tribes reserved rights to fish, hunt, and gather foods and medicines within the ceded lands, which today is northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Tribal members continue to exercise and protect these rights today.
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