We would like to acknowledge that Multnomah County is geographically located where the ancestral homelands of the Indigenous tribes of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the Tualatin Kalapuya and many other Indigenous nations of the Columbia River were/are. These peoples lived in communion with the land, raised their children, and participated in sophisticated societies with rich cultural practice and values. We recognize that Indigenous peoples still exist today, and we thank the descendants of these Tribes for being the original stewards of these lands.
We acknowledge that Portland, Oregon, has the 9th largest Urban Native American population in the U.S. We recognize we are here now because of the sacrifices forced upon Indigenous peoples, and we do not condone nor support the mentality that seized these lands and enacted unimaginable harm to the ancestors of Indigenous peoples and still impact many Indigenous/Native American families today.
We are honored to be guests upon these lands and by the collective work of many Native Nations, leaders, and families who are demonstrating resilience, resistance, revitalization, healing and creativity. While land acknowledgements are important in helping us frame a sense of place and history, we recognize that they are only the first step towards reconciliation.