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West Linn Land Acknowledgement

The West Linn Alliance acknowledges that the land now known as West Linn rests on the traditional village sites of Kalapuya Tribes, including the Bands of the Atfalati and Ahantchuyuk, who are today represented by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. In 1855 the U.S. government forcibly removed the Tribes from this land to allow white settlers full access to the land west of the Cascades. 

The Willamette Falls continues to be a sacred place for many Tribes. It was a place of commerce where Tribes gathered, fished, and hunted. The Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde recently built a fishing platform on the falls and continue to conduct ceremonies there. 

Acknowledging the indigenous stewardship of this land is one way we honor the elders of these Tribes and start telling a more complete history of our city. We encourage you to take steps to learn more about this history and support our Indigenous neighbors. This can be done by donating money and time, amplifying the voices of indigenous communities, and participating in efforts to return land. 

(Four Minute Video from USDAC)