As one of the many important and necessary actions in restoring sovereignty to tribal nations and communities, we recognize the historic and on-going journey Indigenous people have had with their land and the systemic violation of their power and authority. We honor these ancestors who have come before us as stewards and survivors.
We acknowledge the communities that have lived for centuries within the lands now known as Oregon and Southern Washington for centuries, including but not limited to Ahantchuyak, (Alsé) Alsea, Applegate, Atfalati, Athabaskin, Cayuse, Chafan, Chelamela, Chemapo, Chepenefa, Chetco, Chinook, Clackamas, Clatskanie, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Coos, Coquille, Cowlitz, Galice, Kalapuya, Klamath, Luckiamute, Modoc, Molala, Multnomah, Nestucca, Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Paiute, Quuiich, Sahaptin, Salmon River, Santiam, Shasta, Siletz, Siuslaw, Takelma, Tenino, Tillamook, Tolowa, Tsankupi, Tutuni, Umatilla, Umpqua, Wasco-Wishram, Walla Walla, Winefelly, Yakina, and Yoncalla tribes.
Written through a collective voice, The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile, offers an outline of Oregon’s disturbing history and recommendations for better equity.
We value the experiences, cultures, and belief systems of Native communities. We recognize the devastating forcible removal and genocide of Indigenous people from their lands, the historic and ongoing systemic traumas continuing to impact them, and the responsibility we each have together to break patterns of oppression and dispossession.
To connect with local, trusted organizations led by Indigenous members, visit:
To learn more about the land you are on, visit:
We celebrate the contributions of Indigenous communities on mental health. The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation has a robust document library to support the advocacy and wellbeing of First Nations. These resources, such as the Mental Wellness Continuum Framework is rooted in cultural knowledge that emphasizes First Nations strengths, capacities, and land-based healing initiatives.
StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) – A culturally appropriate, confidential, and anonymous service to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who are experiencing abuse or know someone who is being impacted by domestic violence. Advocates provide peer-support, validation, safety planning and access to resources. They also have an immediate “chat now” feature on their website.