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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Oregon History

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1. In 1855, a treaty was signed at Champoeg between the United States government and the Kalapuya Tribe. The treaty recognized the tribe's rights to their lands in exchange for relocation to a new reservation.

2. In 1942, the Japanese-American internment began in Oregon, following the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated and detained in camps throughout the state.

3. In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession. The law reduced possession of up to one ounce from a criminal offense to a violation, punishable by a maximum fine of $100.

4. In 1998, a massive ice storm hit the Willamette Valley, causing power outages and widespread damage. Over 300,000 homes and businesses were without power, and roads were closed due to fallen trees and ice.

5. In 2016, protesters gathered in front of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, to protest federal land management policies. The occupation lasted 41 days before the remaining occupiers surrendered to law enforcement.
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