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Old 04-12-2013, 12:15 PM
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The area surrounding Klamath County holds much historical intrigue. And a grave injustice. Perhaps you've heard of Capt. Jack of the Modoc Indian tribe.

The Modoc Indian wars in the 1870s was a significant historical event. Capt. Jack was the chief of the Modoc Indians located along lost River. The Modoc tribe was forced out of its homeland to live on the Klamath Indian tribal grounds. This was not a good fit as the two tribes did not get along. So Capt. Jack attempted to take his people back to their homeland along lost River. In doing so it began the Modoc Indian war of 1872. The Modoc tribe murdered general Canby and thus began the beginning of the end of the Modoc Indians in their homeland. The Modoc's managed to fight off the Army as they hid out in the lava beds located near Tulelake California. In the end the Modoc Indians lost the war and Capt. Jack was hung in Fort Klamath Oregon trying to protect his people's homeland and the rights to stay along lost River as they had for centuries.

A cross for general Canby was erected at the lava beds. No such marker for Capt. Jack has ever been erected. And because of this Klamath County will never be at peace. Crime runs rampant in Klamath County. Murders and violent crime are among the highest in the state of Oregon. The soil here stained with blood. Until a fitting memorial for Capt. Jack Takes Place, Klamath County will never heal.

I ask that the city of Klamath Falls erect monument to Capt. Jack and make peace with Modoc Indian people as they only wanted to protect their homelands. You and I would fight for the same things. The rights to keep our families safe, to protect our homes and the ones we love. I ask do the Modoc Indians not deserve the same? It is time to do what is right and honor the man that only wanted to protect his people and make Klamath County a safer place for us all.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:10 PM
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Captain Jack's Stronghold - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:04 AM
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Oh, yeah. Captain Jack was worthy of a monument. It's not everyone who arranges a meeting with a Federal PEACE Commission, and then murders them when they show up. And that's why he was hung.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:23 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Monument to Toby "Winema" Riddle, a Modoc woman, would be appropriate. Winema and the Modoc War

One of her descendents was featured discussing a basket likely made by Toby, on History Detectives recently. Modoc Basket | History Detectives | PBS

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