We acknowledge that the land where we gather for our Festival is the ancestral and un-ceded territory of Native American peoples. The Alseans, Siuslawans, and a small band of Lower Umpquas lived on the western coast of Oregon around what is now Alsea Bay at the mouth of the Alsea River. In 1861, they were violently removed from their lands and forced onto the same reservation.
We also acknowledge that Portland, OR has the 9th largest Urban Native American population in the U.S. with over 380 federally recognized tribes represented in the Urban Portland Metropolitan area.
Native American peoples have resided in Oregon since time immemorial. Over the past two hundred years, white settlers have worked to destroy their communities and ways of life; forcing Native American parents and elders to submit their children to settler schools which were meant to assimilate the children to white settler culture. We gather here knowing that our presence is part of an ongoing invasion and that these lands were and continue to be forcibly and unlawfully taken from their original indigenous inhabitants.