Confederated Tribes close to reclaiming land in Charleston

Confederated Tribes close to reclaiming land in Charleston
CHARLESTON, Ore. - The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are merely breathes away from getting 24 acres of culturally significant land back into their hands.

The tribe has been actively seeking ownership of the land since 1991 when the Coast Guard stopped using it.

And now with the help of local politicians they're almost there.

Now the tribe is just waiting for President Bush to approve the bill.

Tribal Council Member Carolyn Slyter says the land means a great deal to the tribe.

The Confederated Tribes say in addition to preserving the land as best they can and holding their own ceremony's they hope to open the lighthouse and the land a couple times a month for the public to use as a learning tool.