We humbly ask permission from all our relatives;
Our elders, our families, our children,
The winged and the insects,
The four-legged, the swimmers
And all the plant and animal nations, to speak.
Our Mother has cried out to us.
She is in pain.
We are called to answer her cries.
Msit No’Kmaq––All my relations!
— Indigenous prayer
[Reproduced in U.S. GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM (USGCRP), 2014 NATIONAL
CLIMATE ASSESSMENT : INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, LANDS, AND RESOURCES (2014), available at
Our strength does not come from ourselves alone, but from many.
In honoring the land our institution is on, we honor the earth. Acknowledging the pain that capitalism, colonialism, and industrialization have inflicted on our environment, non-human beings, and on humanity itself.
In honoring this land we honor her original/current stewards the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the N’chi-Wana (Columbia) River (also known as Portland, OR).
We seek to join in this stewardship, acknowledging that these words do little to undo centuries of violent oppression and genocide, and with the knowledge that our actions speak louder than words.
We have provided the resources we used to educate ourselves with the hope that others might join us. We hope that the truth will allow us to understand what and who we are as we move forward (more wisely) to build a better future together.
Websites to find local tribes
Land Acknowledgement websites to visit
Land Acknowledgement – What is it and Why is it Important?
Why Land Acknowledgement: Kanyon Konsulting
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Acknowledgement of Seattle’s First Nations
All My Relations Podcast:
Websites to visit for reparations
To Native Americans, reparations can vary from having sovereignty to just being heard https://abcnews.go.com/US/native-americans-reparations-vary-sovereignty-heard/story?id=73178740
Land Reparations & Indigenous Solidarity Toolkit
America Has Tried Reparations Before. Here Is How It Went
Voluntary Land Taxes