Inside Linfield - Lakamas Lane

Land Acknowledgements

Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them who contributed hopes, dreams and energy into making the history that led to today. Some were brought here against their will, some immigrated in hopes of a better future and some have lived on this land since time immemorial. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect across similarities and differences. 

McMinnville campus

Linfield University and McMinnville, Oregon, are located on what is the traditional territory of the “Yam Hill” band of the Kalapuya. After the 1855 Kalapuya Treaty, the Kalapuya people were forcibly removed and are now members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Everyone is encouraged to invest time, energy and resources to learn more about the tribes whose lands we inhabit. Let’s visit their cultural centers, shop at Native-owned businesses, support Native nonprofits and take care of the land. You are invited to visit the Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  

Portland campus

Linfield University Portland Campus is located on the traditional homelands of the Chinookan peoples known as the Clackamas and Cascade Tribes. The ancestral village of Nichagwli (Nechacolee, Nechacokee, ničáqʷli (nee CHALK lee)), meaning stand of pines, was located nearby. The people of this area signed the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 with the United States government. Indigenous people have lived here since time immemorial. Tribal members continue to live, work and engage in cultural traditions in this area as members of this community. Let’s visit their cultural centers, shop at Native-owned businesses, support Native nonprofits and take care of the land.