Modoc indians

Borndied Indian Name: Inthe Modoc Indians were living on their ancestral tribal lands near Tule Lake, on what is now the Oregon-California border region.

Modoc indians

The most important bands of the tribe were Modoc indians at Little Klamath Lake, Tule Lake, and in the Lost River Valley when the first white settlers began to arrive. The Modoc were nomadic hunters and gatherers, surviving on fish, game, seeds, roots, and berries.

By weaving together tule reeds they made a variety of their needs including fishing rafts, baskets, moccasins, and summer huts. In the winter they made their homes in earthen dug-out lodges. Though they spoke virtually the same language as the Klamath tribe and often intermarried with them, they also had a number of conflicts with Modoc indians.

But the real intrusion of white settlers would not be until when Lindsay Applegate established the South Emigrant Trail between Fort Hall, Idaho and the Willamette Valley of Oregonwhich provided an open route except for a short winter season each year.

In retaliation, the Modocs began to attack the wagon trains and in Septemberdestroyed an emigrant train at Bloody Point on the east shore of Tule Lake.

Alerts In Effect

The white pioneers fought back, sending Indian fighters in to ambush the Modocs. Before long, the white settlers demanded that the Modoc be removed from their homes and placed on a reservation.


Ina treaty was reached with the Klamaths, the Modocs, and the Yahooskin band of Snake tribes that ceded their Indian lands and created the Klamath Reservation. An estimated 2, Indians were then escorted by the U.

CAPTAIN JACK, Modoc Indian Warrior Battle of Lost River Klamath Reservation

Army to the reservation. In addition to the tensions between the tribes, the reservation did not provide enough food for the comfort of all of them and a number of illnesses on the reservation broke out.

As a result, the Modoc began to demand a separate reservation closer to their ancestral home. When the government would not approve a new site, a prominent chief named Kintpuash, commonly known to history as Captain Jackled the more turbulent portion of the tribe back to the California border in and obstinately refused to return to the reservation.

The first attempt to bring back the runaways by force instigated the Modoc War of In April, President Grant organized a Peace Commission to meet unarmed with the Modoc leaders in a peace negotiation meeting.

The tribe was then divided, a part being sent to Indian Territory and placed on the Quapaw Reservation, where they had diminished to 56 by The remainder were sent to the Klamath Reservation, where they numbered in Inthe group in Oklahoma was given permission, if they wished, to return to Oregon.

Several did, but most stayed at their new home. Today, the Modoc still live in both Oklahoma and Oregon with an estimated members in Klamath County, Oregon, in and around their ancestral homelands; and another in Oklahoma.

Modoc indians

Surrender of the Modoc Unfortunately, for those living on the Klamath Reservation in Oregon, including the Modoc, Klamath and Yahooskin tribes, an act of congress terminated federal recognition in Even though tribal leaders and the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposed the act, it was passed anyway, The act not only stripped them of federal recognition and federal assistance, it also took away some 1.

Inthe Klamath Indian Tribe Restoration Act returned their federal recognition, but did not return their land. Though a small parcel was set aside for a diminished reservation, the land remains owned by the federal government rather than the tribes themselves.

The present day Klamath Indian Reservation consists of just twelve small non-contiguous parcels of land in Klamath County, with a total land acreage of just a little more then acres.

Few of Klamath tribal members actually live on reservation land. In fact, the census reported only nine persons residing there, five of whom were white. The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma was officially recognized by the United States government inand their constitution was approved in Documentary is nearly one-hour long, produced by The Oregon Historical Society.

BATTLE OF LOST RIVER. In , Army soldiers were dispatched to Tule Lake to escort Captain Jack and his band back to Klamath reservation. Modoc Indians (from Móatokni, ‘southerners’). A Lutuamian tribe, forming the southern division of that stock, in south west Oregon. The Modoc language is practically the same as the Klamath, the dialectic differences being extremely slight.

Facts for Kids: Modoc Indians (Modocs)

This linguistic identity would indicate that the local separation of the two tribes must have been comparatively recent and has [ ]. The Modoc Tribe is a federally recognized Indian Tribe under the leadership of Chief Bill G. Follis. The tribe has various ventures including Red Cedar Recycling and the Stables Casino.

Modoc Indian Fact Sheet. Native American Facts For Kids was written for young people learning about the Modoc tribe for school or home-schooling reports. We encourage students and teachers to visit our main Modoc website for in-depth information about the tribe, but here are our answers to the questions we are most often asked by children, with Modoc pictures and links we believe are suitable.

Documentary is nearly one-hour long, produced by The Oregon Historical Society. BATTLE OF LOST RIVER. In , Army soldiers were dispatched to Tule Lake to escort Captain Jack and his band back to Klamath reservation.

The Modoc are a Native American people who originally lived in the area which is now northeastern California and central Southern are currently divided between Oregon and Oklahoma and are enrolled in either of two federally recognized tribes, the Klamath Tribes in Oregon and the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma.

Facts for Kids: Modoc Indians (Modocs)