Land Acknowledgment & Our Guiding Principles 2023-11-23

Woodlawn Neighborhood Association would like to acknowledge that the land we live and meet on is unceded territory, originally home to Indigenous peoples such as the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla; Cowlitz and Clackamas; Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; and Confederated Tribes of Siletz. Further, we recognize that over the last 200 years, Woodlawn has been home to Black and immigrant communities (including Greek, Japanese, Romany, Scandinavian, and Tonga Islanders), as well as LGBTQIA and disabled individuals, many of whom have been disproportionately affected and displaced by systemically racist policies and gentrification. While we cannot undo the past, we are here to actively work towards a community that is kind, equitable, and inclusive; where the things that make us different and unique are celebrated; where cultures and ideas are exchanged; and we feel a sense of belonging with our neighbors. We may not always agree, but these are our guiding principles because our diverse community is strongest when we work together.

The public domain image above, a postcard called “Sunset on the Columbia, Portland, Oregon,” was in printed by the Angelus Commercial Studio in Portland between 1930 and 1945.