The Original Stewards of this Land
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 other Tribes from western Oregon were forcibly removed to the Siletz Reservation and the Grand Ronde Reservation. Today, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, 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 Crest’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!
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
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 further align our mission with the history, legacy and vision of local indigenous communities.