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Land Acknowledgment

All education and restoration happens on indigenous land. 

Willow-Witt Ranch is located on Shasta, Upland Takelma, Latgawa and Athabaskan indigenous homelands. At the end of the Rogue River Wars in 1856, these Tribes and many others in western Oregon were forcibly removed to the Siletz Reservation and the Grand Ronde Reservation. Today, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians are living descendants of the Takelma, Shasta, Latgawa and Athabaskan peoples of this area. These indigenous communities are the past, present and future caretakers of this land.

The Forest’s foundational mission is to connect our community to the land around us. We want to acknowledge that this land was not given to us, but taken from others.

Let this land acknowledgment be a call to action!

Great Horned Owl in grass at The Forest Conservation Burial Ground

The Crest at Willow-Witt is an educational non-profit based at Willow-Witt Ranch. The Crest is a proud partner of the SOESD Indian Education Program. We are working closely to incorporate native youth into our education and volunteer programs, and to further align our mission with the history, legacy and vision of local indigenous communities.

Please support the Native American Student Unions at your local school or donate to the Southern Oregon Educational Service District Indian Education program by mailing a check to:

SOESD – Indian Education
101 N Grape Street
Medford, OR 97501

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