Tribes celebrate Rattlesnake Butte near Junction City

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Rattlesnake Butte
Rattlesnake Butte is part of a basalt ridge. Its south-facing rocky slopes support populations of virtually every reptile native to the Willamette Valley and the shallow soils support Lemmon's needlegrass, silver moss, Roemer's fescue dry grassland and Oregon white oak savanna plant communities that were once widespread in the Willamette Valley but are now limited to few areas. Lane County is part of the Tribe's ceded lands, which include most of western Oregon from the California border to the Columbia River between the Cascade Range and the Pacific Ocean. The Tribe ceded the land to the federal government in the 1850s under seven ratified treaties.