There is a shadow side to American idealization of pristine wilderness. The presence of native cultures and their stewardship of the land was ignored. In every place in the US, including Oregon, this shadow persists. As we walk the landscape, it is important to recognize the historic and the current Native American presence here in the Pacific Northwest. It is our duty to honor the Multnomah, Clackamas, Tualatin, Molalla, Wasco, and Tenino people, and many others who have been displaced from their lands over the last 200 years of colonization and conquest.
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