Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

by Michael Martinez
Indigenous Lands - Photo by Zach Lezniewicz

Here at Cascadia SN, we acknowledge the Cascadia region; the land that we sit and reside on were/are the traditional lands of the indigenous people that came before us. We are on this land because of colonists and settlers’ forced removal of its traditional peoples. As settlers and guests, we recognize the strong and diverse Native communities in our region today.

From Tribes, local and distant, we want to offer respect and gratitude for their stewardship of these lands—past, present, and future.

Portland

The Portland Metro area rests on indigenous village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, and the Molalla. Along with many other tribes, they made their homes along the Columbia River, creating permanent communities and seasonal encampments. 

Due to the strategic and systemic efforts to eradicate Indigenous peoples from these lands and history, many other tribes and nations traditionally lived, hunted, and fished in Multnomah County and Oregon.

Listed below are links to history and resources on those native peoples. The Portland Parks Foundation provided the links below:

Seattle

King County and the Seattle Metro area rest on the Coast Salish peoples of this land. The land touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.

The native people have lived on this land since the beginning of time. However, they are still here today. They live, work, raise their children, take care of their community, practice their traditional ways and speak their languages – just as their ancestors did.

Listed below are links to history and resources on the native peoples of this land:

Vancouver

Before colonial settlers arrived, the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh shared the abundant forest with some of the tallest old-growth trees in North America.

With the arrival of settlers, they logged the area to create a new residential site. Therefore, the settlers established this colonial settlement on unceded land. As part of situating the House and the City of Vancouver’shistory, we acknowledge that we operate on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded shared territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

Listed below are links to the history and resources for the First Nations on this land:

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