Boyd C. Allen

The Chetco Indian Memorial at the Port of Brookings-Harbor has moved past the halfway point and construction will begin on berms surrounding the site and the installation of educational panels.

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded a $20,000 grant to the Chetco Indian Memorial Project. Project grant writers, Megan England and Adrienne Crooks requested the money to fund berm construction and other enhancements to the site.

According to the group’s president, Lynda Timeus, the berms will recreate the middens that would have surrounded an Indian village.

“The berms will have residue from clams and oysters and mussels much like that cast away by the Indians,” she said.

The berms will be sealed and will have strategic breaks. The breaks will include panels and areas for native plants as well as replicated artifacts.

“And the panels will document the site’s archaeological value,” she added.

Funding is also in place for the panels on the kiosks, and they are in production.

“One panel is finished and we are fact checking the second panel,” Timeus said.

The second panel will be larger than the others and contain a timeline of the life of the Chetco Indians.

Six panels will hang on the kiosks. The site will also include a statue of Lucy Dick, the last full-blooded Chetco Indian at the time of her death in 1940. A driftwood barrier will enclose the area so that visitors can experience the space separated from the bustle of the port.

Woudstra Concrete Finishers has been contracted to complete the berms, and Wow Arts & Exhibits will continue work on other aspects of the memorial.

The Chetco Indian Memorial Committee can be reached through their website: chetcoindianmemorial.com, or their Facebook page.

They have a Go Fund Me page, and will take donations directly into their account at Rogue Credit Union.

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