The month of November marks the observation of Native Heritage Month. This month encourages recognition, celebration, and honoring of the diverse cultures, traditions, histories, contributions, and present-day experiences of Indigenous peoples. The land now known as Oregon is home to Indigenous communities of 70,000 strong, descended from more than 380 Tribes, of which 9 are federally recognized.
As settlers on this land, we continue to learn and listen, to better understand and act on our shared responsibility towards restoration and reparations to the oppression endured by Indigenous communities historically and through ongoing impacts of colonization including health inequities and cultural erasure.
Join us this month (and year-round) in learning and taking tangible, material steps in support of Indigenous communities throughout Oregon.
Learn the History and Culture of the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon
- Burns Paiute Tribe
- Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
- Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
- Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
- Coquille Indian Tribe
- Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
- Klamath Tribes
Land Acknowledgement Projects and Practices
Give, Support, Donate
- Pay a Land Tax: Chinook Nation
Chinook Nation is comprised of five tribes — the Clatsop and Cathlamet (Kathlamet) of present-day Oregon and the Lower Chinook, Wahkiakum (Waukikum), and Willapa (Weelappa) which is now known as Washington State.
- Support the work of NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center)
- Support The Museum at Warm Springs by becoming a member
- Donate to the Chúush Fund which directly benefits the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water
Educational Resources and Articles
- Indigenous Resistance Homework, an exercise for non-Native people
- Oregon Department of Education Resource Page
- SB13 Tribal History/Shared History
- Online Native Story Hour (Multnomah County Libraries)
- Report: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
- Article: Deaths at Chemawa
- Article: ‘Homecoming’: 100 years after forceful removal, Nez Perce people celebrate reclaimed land
- Article: Grand Ronde tribe reclaims Willamette Falls, as work begins to tear down Oregon City mill
- Article: First Foods: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Conserve and Restore Freshwater Mussels