Monday, April 05, 2004
Congress approves $235,000 for Lewis and Clark projects
By TOM BENNETT
The Daily Astorian
Grant will help the fort-to-the-sea trailhead construction
The fort-to-the-sea trail, Salt Makers reenactment andother local
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial projects have been awarded funds from
total of $235,000 will go to several recipients this year from
the federal Challenge Cost Share program, a congressionally funded
project. The program includes a special allocation for Lewis and
Clark Bicentennial projects administered by the park service’s
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail office in Nebraska.
awards include $75,000 to the “Destination: The Pacific” organizing
board; $20,000 to the Fort Clatsop Historical Association for a new
film at the park’s visitor center; and $5,000 to the Seaside
Museum for this summer’s “Salt Makers Return” living
history re-enactment program.
A grant of $90,000 will go to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
for construction of a trailhead at Sunset Beach for the planned Fort
Native American groups involved in the Bicentennial are also recipients – the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes gets $35,000
for a “paddle” gathering, and the Chinook Tribe receives
$10,000 for cultural training.
The Challenge Cost Share program requires that recipients match
the grants with at least an equal amount of nonfederal dollars or
in-kind resources. The Oregon Parks Department, for example, will
match its $90,000 grant with staff work, engineering, equipment and
assistance from National Guard personnel and the Job Corps, said
Chip Jenkins, superintendent of Fort Clatsop National Memorial.
State parks purchased the former county property at Sunset Beach
for development as the western trailhead of the five-mile trail linking
Fort Clatsop to the sea.
The funding program has already provided $100,000 to the Destination
group, as well as Fort Clatsop, Pacific County and other local recipients,
“This is an example of how federal money to support the Bicentennial
is coming here locally,” he said.
Clatsop County grants were among 188 requests totaling $15.3 million
submitted to the park service, which had just $4.6 million
in grants to allocate in this year’s funding cycle. One quarter
of the projects chosen were in partnership with Native American tribes
“We are very happy to provide this funding,” said Gerard
Baker, National Historic Trail superintendent. “These projects
greatly enhance the value of the visitor experience during the 2003-06
Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They
also help to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the trail
for future enjoyment by the American people.”
recent dispute between the Chinook Tribe and the Destination board
won’t affect the tribe’s $10,000 grant, Jenkins
said, but it could have an impact on future requests.
“What we are clearly hearing from the national council (of
the Bicentennial) is that there is the expectation that all activities
will be as inclusive as possible, and that future funding from the
national council is dependent on being inclusive,” he said.
The Chinook Tribe recently announced it will not take part in any
Bicentennial activities, including those during the Signature Event
in November 2005, that also include the Clatsop-Nehalem tribes.
Chinook tribal council claims the Clatsop-Nehalem are usurping
the Chinooks’ rightful role as the true representatives of
the five historic lower Columbia River tribes, including the Clatsops.
The Destination board voted in January to include the Clatsop-Nehalem
group as a formal member.
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