As people and an organization who own land in the Portland region and have the power to decide how it is used and whom it benefits, we take our responsibility seriously to understand and acknowledge the tragic history of Native land theft and work toward repair and connection with current tribal members.
It is deeply important to acknowledge that the buildings we use to operate our programs sit on stolen land, and that reparations for that intentional action have yet to be made.

We honor the Indigenous peoples who were here long before current residents living on and caring for this land, and who are still here among us today. What we now call Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, are the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes and bands who have long made their homes along the Columbia River.

Today, people from these tribes and bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State, among others.

An acknowledgment like this is important – and insufficient. We think it is worth taking any opportunity to spark discussion about the lasting impacts of colonization and how people today are still impacted. Our real work happens when we come together and turn this acknowledgment into action itself.