October 06, 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Watzek Library recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 11. This holiday celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.
  • Concrete cast of an owl carving

    Lelooska (1933-1996), Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl Northwest Coast)

Lewis & Clark acknowledged its establishment of a Land Acknowledgment on Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019:  

Lewis & Clark College purposefully reflects on the history of the land it occupies. Prior to the newcomers arriving in this area, the indigenous land of what would later be called Multnomah County was home to many tribal people. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River.

It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

The state of Oregon will officially recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day beginning this year in a bill brought forth by the legislature’s only Indigenous lawmakers, Rep. Tawna Sanchez, D-Portland, and Rep. Teresa Alonso-Leon, D-Woodburn in 2021.  Oregon joins 10 other states in recognizing the significant contributions that Native Americans have made to the U.S., and more specifically the contributions of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes to the culture of this state. -OPB