It has become common for civic meetings in the region to open with officials reading "land acknowledgment" statements that say all surrounding properties were stolen from the original Indigenous inhabitants.

From the Portland City Council to the Multnomah County Commission, Metro, and the Oregon Historical Society, such statements have become routine before hearings, community events and other proceedings. They typically say the region was traditionally the lands of native peoples, including the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya and Molalla tribes, as well as bands of Chinook and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today, their descendants are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington.

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