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Cowlitz Indian Tribe and one of the sweetheart deals made with the corn farmer.

Some would think that those setting on tribal council would not made a deal in receiving 43 acres of land deeded to the tribe, then would give back a portion to the giver after such land was deeded to the tribe.
In June of 2000, one council member stood up and proclaimed that the tribe was given 43 acres and the deeded property now in owned by the tribe. That was true in 2000, but just two years later when I looked up the deeded lands owned by the tribe I found that the Bill Creek Property was transferred to the non-profit side of the tribe and the acreage listed was not the same but instead it is now just 25.28 acres and the corn farmer has build a bridge over Bill Creek altering the creek in the process and the placement of a locked gate at the entrance of tribal land. I went to the Lewis County Planing Commission to see when this bridge was permitted and found that of December of 2001 the corn farmer was given a permit to build the bridge on deeded tribal land. What else I discovered is that the corn farmer also started an open pit rock quarry that used to be deeded tribal land but was given back to the corn farmer to make money from such an operation. The bridge was needed to not only get the corn farmer's crop to market but also added access to the quarry for transport to the hi way for profit for himself only. What is left of the original deeded tribal land is a strip which is a "right of way" and no one could ever develop this deeded land. The corn farmer got his way in more then one aspect in this deal with the corn farmer, he also managed to talk the tribal council into removing an Ancestor from the middle of his 1500 acre corn field next to the Cowlitz River. The corn farmer made out like a bandit on this deal, he got a bridge over a natural creek, an open pit rock quarry, an Ancestor removed from the middle of his corn field and a back entrance to his property in Toledo. The tribe gets nothing but a Right of Way that you can not develop on? What a DEAL! It reminds me of a time when Manhattan was sold for $24.00 and trinkets. One does wonder if any tribal council member received money or any other type of payment to allow this to happen in the name of the Cowlitz People. I offer these images to get the true picture concerning this deal made by tribal council and the corn farmer.
Images 25.Sep.2003 15:44

Tribal Member graywolf@fastermac.net

Here are some images taken not long ago by Tribal Member.
Locked Gate
Locked Gate
Open pit rock quarry
Open pit rock quarry
cut along Bill Creek
cut along Bill Creek

Wallace - the owner of this gravel pit site 11.Nov.2003 15:46

Bob Reid, Founder of CPR-FIsh cpr-fish@toledotel.com

We need to talk! This same person (Wallace) has taken over a State Public Fishing Site on the Cowlitz that he was paid big money for in 1971. He sold the "State" a public fishing easement about 3 miles down river from "Bill Cr." and has now taken the site over with his gravel pit mining operations and has closed the States legal easement off to the public with a gate just like the one in your picture! We need to talk! Bob Reid, CPR-Fish 360-864-6926