The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.*
The UO Libraries has operations and repositories at various locations in Oregon, and wishes to acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya peoples of the Willamette Valley of Eugene; Chinook, Clackamas, Kalapuya, Kathlamet, Molalla, Multnomah, Tualatin, and other tribes and bands (Portland area); and the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw (Charleston area).
We express our respect for all federally recognized Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community o f Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.
Listen to the Land Acknowledgement
This audio clip is presented by the Library Diversity Committee. We thank Kirby Brown for assisting us with both the pronunciation and content of the statement.
Related Library Events, Exhibits, and Resources
- Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum – We are All Salmon People
- Ethnic Studies in Special Collections
- Native American and Indigenous Studies Reseach Guide
- UO Hidden History Native American Tour
- The Oregon Tribal Flagpoles: Honoring Tribal Sovereignty
- Native American and Indigenous Studies
- NAIS ARC - Native American Studies
- Many Nations Longhouse
- Indigenous Campus Map
- Admissions Resources page for Native Students
- Sapsik'wala (Teacher) Education Program
- Tribal Climate Change Project
*We thank the Native Strategies Group for this portion of our statement.