“I/We want to respectfully acknowledge the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians (“Tribe” or “Cow Creek”), who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial.
I/We want to further acknowledge the Tribe’s deep cultural and spiritual connection to these lands in addition to its entire interest and ancestral areas, which includes over 6 million acres located within the Rogue and Umpqua River Watersheds. These lands and the vibrant resources within them have been important since time immemorial and will continue to be a vibrant part of Tribe’s cultural identity for generations to come.
I/We recognize the pre-existing and continued sovereignty of the Tribe and thank them for continuing to share their indigenous knowledge and perspective on how I/we might work together to manage and care for these shared resources sustainably, with mutually beneficial outcomes.
I/We commit to engaging in a respectful, meaningful, and successful partnerships as I/we explore shared stewardship of these lands.”
“And as we are obliged by state/federal law and policy, we will uphold government-to-government relations to advance strong governance outcomes supportive of tribal self-determination and sovereignty.”