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 (1) What we now call Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County are the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. These Indigenous peoples signed the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 and were later forcibly removed from their homelands to the Grande Ronde Indian Reservation.


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