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Portland Land Acknowledgment
The Portland metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes and bands. These groups created communities and summer encampments along the Columbia and Willamette rivers and harvested and used the plentiful natural resources of the area for thousands of years.
We want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.
We also acknowledge the systemic policies of genocide, relocation, and assimilation that still impact many Indigenous/Native American families today. As settlers and guests on these lands, we respect the work of Indigenous leaders and families, and pledge to make ongoing efforts to recognize their knowledge, creativity, and resilience.
Learn more about Portland's Native American community, the ninth largest urban population in the United States
Land acknowledgment provided by Travel Portland.
History and Resources
The State of Oregon’s
Overview of the 9 tribes
“The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile”
“Leading With Tradition: Native American Community in the Portland Metropolitan Area”
Portland’s Native American Community Advisory Council
“First Peoples in the Portland Basin”
Other resources from the
Oregon Historical Society
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February 26 - March 2, 2023 in Portland, OR
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