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NCLC returns ancient cultural site to Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes

On May 5, North Coast Land Conservancy transferred ownership of 18.6 acres of historical tribal lands at Neawanna Point Habitat Reserve on the Necanicum Estuary at the north end of Seaside to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. Known to the Clatsop people as Ne-ah-coxie, or “place of little pines,” the village once located on the property had for millennia been home to many Clatsop and Nehalem people until diseases carried by early explorers and fur trappers decimated the native population on the North Coast and arriving white settlers began staking claim to tribal lands in the 19th century. MORE


  • Roberta Basch raises her hands in gesture of gratitude for the transfer of land in present-day Seaside back to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. Photo: Hailey Hoffman/The Astorian
  • The property on the estuary is the first the tribes have owned since losing their lands because of non-native settlement more than 200 years ago. Photo: Neal Maine
  • The site has special significance to the Clatsop people, as detailed by Dick and Roberta Basch in “The Ceremony at Ne-ah-coxie,” an essay that appears in the 2007 anthology Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes.