Land Acknowledgement

Oregon Wild's

Land Acknowledgement

We offer gratitude for the land in this state called Oregon, for those who have cared for it throughout generations, and for the opportunity to grow, learn, work, and create community on this land. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities throughout time and into the future and are grateful for their vibrant presence. We acknowledge that our offices are on the ancestral lands of the following Indigenous Peoples: Cowlitz, Multnomah, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Chelmela, Winefelly, Kalapuya, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

What is a Land Acknowledgment? 
A Land Acknowledgement is a statement that affirms Indigenous Peoples as traditional inhabitants of the land that has been settled through colonization. In addition, it recognizes their current stewardship over many landscapes including, but not exclusive to, public, private, urban and rural. A Land Acknowledgement recognizes the vital relationship since time immemorial that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional lands.
Why are Land Acknowledgements Important? 
A Land Acknowledgement is important to display a commitment for continued learning, healing, empathy and growth. Acknowledging land is Indigenous protocol and is an important step for non-Native people to do to recognize historical wrongdoings like forced removal, genocide and other colonial legacies that have long-lasting current impacts. Implementation of a Land Acknowledgement creates a basis of understanding to further equity for all Indigenous Peoples, as well as making space to focus on past, present and future Indigenous communities. 

We extend our respect to the nine federally recognized Indigenous Nations of Oregon: The Klamath, Burns Paiute, Coquille, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Additionally, we acknowledge all other tribes who have traditional connections to these lands, and displaced Indigenous Peoples who reside in Oregon. 

These Indigenous Peoples have enduring and current relationships with the land, including public lands, and spaces where cities, towns, farms, ranches and timberlands have been built and managed by settlers. We recognize that Native communities were forcibly removed from the land where we now reside and the continuation of harmful colonial legacies. We realize that a Land Acknowledgement is an evolving and persistent process focused on facilitating continued learning and growth. Oregon Wild is dedicated to expanding efforts to elevate Indigenous knowledge, and respect for the many cultures, creativity, and resilience of Indigenous Peoples in our efforts to protect Oregon's wildlife and wild places.

Highlighting Indigenous Perspectives through Oregon Wild’s Work

Killing the Klamath Webcast: https://oregonwild.org/about/blog/webcast-killing-klamath

Return of the Condor Webcast: https://oregonwild.org/about/blog/webcast-return-condor

Leadership, Hope, Action: Diverse Voices For Environmental Conservation: https://oregonwild.org/about/blog/webcast-leadership-hope-action-diverse-voices-environmental-conservation

The Lost Sea Otters of Oregon: https://oregonwild.org/wildlife/lost-sea-otters-oregon

The Shadow of the Condor: (forthcoming)

Further Reading

Decolonization and Indigenization: https://opentextbc.ca/indigenizationfrontlineworkers/chapter/decolonization-and-indigenization/

Four Deaths: The Near Destruction of Western Oregon Tribes and Native Lifeways, Removal to the Reservation, and Erasure from History: https://www.ohs.org/research-and-library/oregon-historical-quarterly/back-issues/upload/Lewis_Kalapuya-Tribes_OHQ-Fall-2014.pdf

Map of Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/equity/NativeAmericanEducation/Documents/Oregon%20map%20of%20tribes%20final%20version.pdf

Map of US Reservations: https://www.bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/webteam/pdf/idc1-028635.pdf

Find Out What Land You Are On: https://native-land.ca/ OR Text +1(855) 917-5263 and put in your city and state

Overview of the 9 Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ABOUTDHS/TRIBES/Pages/Tribes.aspx

Land Acknowledgements are about Better Relations, Not Just Checking a Box: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/18/land-acknowledgements-are-about-better-relations-not-just-checking-a-box.html

US Indian Boarding School History: https://boardingschoolhealing.org/education/us-indian-boarding-school-history/

Residential schools and the effects on Indigenous health and well-being in Canada—a scoping review: https://publichealthreviews.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40985-017-0055-6