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We at Equilibria acknowledge, honor, and respect that what we now call Portland, OR and Multnomah County were the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Tualatin Kalapuya, Wasco, Molalla, Cowlitz and Watlala bands of the Chinook, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today, people from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State.
Acknowledgment of the Original People of the land is a simple, powerful practice that demonstrates respect by making Indigenous people’s history and culture visible. It is also a small step along the path toward reconciliation and repair.
In its modern context this practice:
- Acknowledges the ancestors that were here before us and counters the “doctrine of discovery;”
- Gives visibility to indigenous people who are part of our community;
- Recognizes tribal people as their own sovereign nations;
- Spreads awareness about the historical context that has led to this moment and supports truth telling;
- Provides space to reflect on the ways non-Natives currently inhabit the land, dominate resource consumption, and exist within a still-active process of colonization;
- Creates space to build relationships with indigenous people and communities and with the land;
- Inspires ongoing action and relationship.
Anybody can do an acknowledgment of the Original People of the land. For more information, including a step-by-step guide for starting this practice with your organization, visit the US Department of Arts and Culture to download a resource created in partnership with Native allies and organizations.