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Land Acknowledgements

This guide is an introduction to land acknowledgements; it consists of general information regarding acknowledgements, tribal communities in Oregon, including OSU resources, and the land acknowledgement statement by OSU.

Map of Oregon's Indigenous Communities

Map of Territories from Native Land

Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans

Indigenous Communities in Oregon

The links below are the websites of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribal communities:

The histories of indigenous communities in Oregon:

The links below are from the website Native Land Digital, a Canadian not-for-profit organization designed to be Indigenous-led, with an Indigenous Board of Directors who oversee and direct the organization.

Corvallis area (Cession 352)

Bend area (Cessions 369 and 462)

Newport area (Cession 479)

OSU Resources Regarding the Stories of Indigenous People

At Oregon State University, what began as a grassroots effort developed into the 10th Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU) Congress passing JB10.32, a bill to acknowledge the indigenous land that Oregon State University resides upon. The passing of this bill amended the ASOSU Statutes so that ASOSU events will begin with a land acknowledgment, and for the ASOSU website to include the acknowledgment for any other student or organization to use. For more information, read "ASOSU passes land acknowledgment bill" by Haley Daarstad, News Contributor, The Daily Barometer Nov 18, 2019.

Let it be acknowledged that Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon ( and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (

"Recognizing Indigenous Lands & Peoples: OSU’s Land Grant Legacy" by JD Brookbank in The Corvallis Advocate, May 27, 2020

Note: While a 2007 Corvallis Gazette Times article poses the question "Why is it that the correct or accepted spelling of Marys River and Marys Peak has no apostrophe?"  and the U.S. Geological Survey entry for Marys River lists no apostrophe, please note that the ASOSU statement includes the apostrophe and bases their land acknowledgement from the one that was provided by the OSU Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws. See the ""Beyond Awareness: Deepening Understandings of Land Acknowledgement Practices"  created by OSU community members for more information.