This land acknowledgement offers recognition and respect for the lands that we occupy and is done in support of greater truth-telling and reconciliation efforts. It is just one small step towards addressing the harm that has historically been and continues to be perpetrated against Native and Indigenous communities and people.
We respectfully acknowledge the land that is occupied by the Japanese American Museum of Oregon and the Japanese American Historical Plaza.The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, and Cowlitz, the Kathlamet, Clackamas, and Bands of Chinook, the Tualatin, Kalapuya, and Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River, creating communities and summer encampments to harvest and use the plentiful natural resources of the area.
We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land and acknowledge the Tribal governments and their stewardship as well as the communities of indigenous people that live in this area today. We stand as allies in the continued fight for the health and sovereignty of the land.