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Land Acknowledgment

Fall Creek Lake with an overcast sky

We acknowledge that our District is situated in the traditional homeland of the Kalapuya people, specifically the community that was known as Chifin, the area that we now call Springfield.

Kalapuya people, who have lived in this region since “Time Immemorial” were illegaly dispossessed of their land and forcibly removed to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations over several years, but most notably in treaties between 1851 and 1855.  

The Kalapuya are now members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and members of the Kalapuya still live, work, study and thrive in this area, and continue to make important contributions here in Springfield, across the land we now refer to as Oregon, and around the globe.  This information is shared out of a responsibility to prevent the erasure of Native culture, heritage, and people and to ensure a quality contemporary education for future generations.

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