October 14, 2019

Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The recognition of Indigenous People’s Day has taken several forms across the country, with some cities and states renaming the October 14th holiday as Indigenous People’s Day. In this spirit of recognition, the Office of Equity and Inclusion would like to acknowledge that Lewis & Clark has established its land acknowledgement as follows:  

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Lewis & Clark College purposefully reflects on the history of the land it occupies. Prior to the newcomers arriving in this area, the indigenous land of what would later be called Multnomah County was home to many tribal people. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River.

It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.