The Oregon League of Conservation Voters works to protect people and places on the ancestral lands of the Indigenous communities who built homes, economies, and trading routes across the land we now call Oregon. We would like to honor and acknowledge Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial: the Klamath tribe of the Southern Oregon plateau; the Burns Paiute of the high-desert east; the Coquille of Southern Oregon’s coastal forests; the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in the northern Coast Range; the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua in the Southern Oregon foothills; the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla in the Blue Mountains; the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in Oregon’s northern rainforests; the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw on the windblown southern coast; and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on the sunny eastern slopes of the Oregon Cascades. And we would like to recognize all the other indigenous communities who have not been federally recognized.
Oregon was built on broken treaties. The lasting effects of federal and state policies, both past and present, have put Native Americans at a disadvantage for hundreds of years. It is on all of us, whether we are descendants of colonizers or inhabitants of stolen land, to re-educate ourselves and each other. Together, we have the responsibility to push past recognition and demand land repatriation and reparations to Sovereign Tribal Nations and Indigenous people across this state. OLCV aims to work in partnership with Tribes to further this endeavor of land repatriation and reparations.