The Oregon Synod respectfully acknowledges that our offices are on the ancestral homeland of the Chinook, Cowlitz and Clackamas nations. In 1851, 19 local tribes signed treaties with the federal government in good faith, but Congress ratified none of them. We further acknowledge that the territory covered by the Oregon Synod is on the ancestral homeland of at least 27 native tribes. We offer our respect and gratitude to the people who were the original stewards of this land.
Other issues in consider:
- Treaties betrayed by greed and “manifest destiny”
- Resisting romanticizing or appropriating the heritage of our Indian neighbors.