This summer, join us on Fridays at 4pm and in the drop-jar on the desk all summer long in supporting the Chinook Indian Nation, aka Confederated Lower Chinook Tribes & Bands
This land is traditional territory of the non-federally recognized Chinook Nation. The land was ceded in the 1855 Willamette Valley treaty that established the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. We're here because this land was occupied, and its traditional people displaced by colonists and settlers. We recognize this business occupies colonized Native territory and out of respect for the rights of Native people, it's our collective responsibility to critically interrogate the colonial histories and current implications of this systemic oppression, and to honor, protect and sustain this land.
The modern Chinook Indian Nation consists of the Clatsop and Kathlamet of what is now Oregon and the Lower Chinook, Wahkiakum and Willapa of Washington State. The five historically important Tribes have existed since time immemorial in their aboriginal territory at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Nation’s constitution was written by the tribal leaders of these tribes in the early 1950s. The constitution outlines tribal membership criteria and clearly references five Anson Dart treaties signed by their ancestors at Tansy Point in 1851. This constitution is also one of the oldest living tribal constitutions in the Pacific Northwest. The treaties negotiated with Mr. Dart allowed them to stay within their aboriginal territory, maintain access to resources and importantly remain in close proximity with the bones of their ancestors. They fulfilled their obligations under these treaties, but unbeknown to them at that time, they were not formally ratified by the United States. That winter they suffered immensely waiting for the goods and money promised to them, but they stayed. The tribe struggles to maintain their traditional ways, and welcome contributions.