Merkley Statement on the Passing of Sue Shaffer

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement regarding Sue Shaffer, the former Cow Creek Tribal chairwoman and champion for tribal rights, who passed away in Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday at age 94.

“Oregon families have lost an extraordinary champion. I loved her from the first time I heard her deliver a fiery call to action at a political event.


“Sue was known for her straight-forward style, her honesty and integrity. She was deeply involved in serving her tribe and the wider Douglas County community. She was a passionate and effective leader.


“We will all remember the powerful role she played in fighting for the restoration of the Cow Creek Band and in standing up for regular folks.


“We will greatly miss her. I know we are all holding Sue’s family and the entire Cow Creek community in our hearts.”