A Southern Oregon Indian tribe is buying a cattle ranch outside Medford near sites significant in the Rogue Indian Wars of the 1850s.
Wayne Shammel, attorney for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, said Wednesday that the pending purchase is part of a continuing effort to diversify economic development, so the tribe is not so dependent on its casino in Canyonville.
He adds they have no intention of building a casino on the ranch to compete with another casino proposal in Medford.
The Rogue River Ranch is located along the Rogue River between Upper and Lower Table Rocks. Shammel said it is near, but does not include, sites where a treaty was signed, and where local Indians were wiped out by a group of settlers.