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Confederated Tribes Application for Proposed Historic District January 23, 2019

The City of Coos Bay is working with the State Office of Historic Preservation to share information about the Nomination Application to the National Register of Historic Places for a Traditional Cultural Property Historic District proposal by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw, (CTCLUSI); also known as Q’alya ta Kukwis shichidii me (Jordan Cove and the Bay of the Coos People).  The CTCLUSI submitted the draft nomination to the State Historic Preservation Office on November 1, 2018 for consideration at the February 22, 2019 meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.

The proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District is a 20-square mile area that follows the general horseshoe shape of the Coos Bay Estuary. The proposed district includes portions of the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend and Coos County. It contains 158 historic "contributing" properties associated with the history, culture, and beliefs of the Coos people, including two buildings and 156 places, or "sites." Non-historic "non-contributing" properties include roads, the airport, bridges, commercial properties, residential buildings, outbuildings, yards, gardens, agricultural lands, and industrial operations, etc. are not specifically identified in the nomination document. These types of properties are not associated with the history, culture, and beliefs of the Coos people.

The proposed district is eligible for listing in the National Register for the resource’s association with the continued use of the estuary since time immemorial to present, as demonstrated by archaeological sites, named places in Hanis and Miluk dialects of the Coosan Language, and the presence of prehistoric and historic burials of peoples at former villages and subsistence sites of Native Americans. Key dates for this process include:

December 21, 2018 - Public comment period opens. See a PDF of the Press Release at:

https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/docs/Jordon%20Cove%20-%20TCP/Publ...

January 8, 2019 - Coos Bay Landmarks Commission reviewed the nomination document for the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me TCP Historic District.

January 17-18, 2019 - Oregon SHPO staff hosted informational meetings at the North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Avenue, North Bend, OR 97459.

February 22, 2019 - The SACHP will review the nomination document for the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District. The meeting will be at the Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Street, North Bend, beginning at 1:00 p.m. View the SACHP Agenda at:

https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/docs/Jordon%20Cove%20-%20TCP/2018...

May 10, 2019 - Requested last day to submit notarized objections to the Oregon SHPO for the proposed historic district. Any notarized objection received after this date will be forwarded to the National Park Service before they make a final decision.

May 23, 2019 - Nomination for the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me TCP Historic District is forwarded by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to the National Park Service for a final decision. This date will change if the SACHP does not recommend that the district be listed in the National Register at its February 22nd meeting.

July 2019 - Expected date that the National Park Service will make a final decision regarding listing the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me TCP Historic District in the National Register. This date will change if the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) does not recommend that the district be listed in the National Register at its February 22nd meeting.

More information can be found at the City's Public Works and Community Development website and the State Office of Historic Preservation.