The land that millions of visitors explore as Metro parks and natural areas today once belonged to Native Americans. A series of federal policies forced the removal of Indians from tribal homelands, terminated tribal governments and relocated Native Americans to urban areas like Portland, which is home to the country's ninth largest urban Native American population.
In recent years, the Native American community and Metro have been working together to re-establish culturally appropriate access to public land, particularly at places like Quamash Prairie. Read the summer 2017 issue of Our Big Backyard magazine to learn more about the developing relationship, the roots of Portland's Native American community, and ways that traditional practices are being integrated into Metro's land management.
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