The Siletz Indians are a confederation of tribes of western Oregon.
Tribes represented on the Siletz reservation include
the Chinook, Tututni, Tolowa, Klickitat, Kalapuya, Chetco, Takelma, Shasta, Coquille, Umpqua, Coos, Alsea, Tillamook, Molala,
and others. Most of these bands were compelled to move onto Siletz from other locations in Oregon, Washington State, and northern
California, and they all spoke
different languages, so they mostly had to give up their disparate languages in order to survive together. Today,
the tribe has been working to revive a composite language known as Siletz Athabaskan, containing elements from
the related Tolowa and Tututni languages. Siletz has also been used to refer to a particular dialect of Tillamook spoken by the
Salishan band originally living on the Siletz River, one of the first groups to be moved to the reservation, which was consequently
named after their band.