- The Chairman of the Koi Nation presented
his tribe's flag to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Interior
Assistant Secretary Dave Anderson today, calling it a symbol of
their struggle for recognition.
"We are delighted
to have this beautiful symbol of your nation and we are proud
to have it displayed along with other tribal flags in our Hall
of Tribal Nations, " Secretary Norton said at the morning ceremony.
"Your presentation comes at a most appropriate time this week,
as we celebrate the heritage and cultural achievements of Indian
praised Assistant Secretary Dave Anderson, saying his energy,
enthusiasm and concern for Indian people are helping Interior
to improve the services it provides 1.5 million Native Americans
and Alaska Natives. Anderson told Tribal Council Chairman Daniel
Beltran that he was pleased and honored that the Koi Nation would like its tribal flag to join the Hall of Tribal
"We are grateful
to Secretary Norton and Assistant Secretary Anderson for displaying
this symbol of our tribal identity," Chairman Beltran said. "It
has been a dream of ours for many years as we worked to regain
federal recognition of our nation. This flag is a symbol of that
The Koi Nation, located in Santa Rosa, California
(Sonoma County), has about 30 members, primarily of Pomo descent.
The Koi Nationland was sold in 1914 and the proceeds
were placed within the Indians of California Judgment Fund.
At the time
the federal government viewed the sale as the termination of the
tribe. But the tribe continued to function and maintain its integrity
throughout the 20th century. During the 1970s, the Bureau of Indian
Affairs notified Interior officials that the tribe continued to
exist. In 2000, the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs reaffirmed
the tribe's federally recognized status.
Hall of Tribal Nations, located at the entrance to the Offices
of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, displays the flags
of federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes
in the United States. The flag of the Koi
Nation displays a bald eagle over a lake scene as its central