Land Not for Sale
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 45° 41.678 W 121° 20.572
10T E 629019 N 5061455
This is one of 13 historical markers in a special kiosk, devoted to the history of the Oregon Trail, and located at the Memaloose Park Rest Area on the south side of Interstate Highway 84 about 3.1 miles east of Mosier, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WMG9YY
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/03/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
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Land Not for Sale

When the first large emigration of Americans crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 the native tribes of the Pacific Northwest were not overly alarmed -- the region was enormous and could easily absorb the nearly 1,000 new arrivals. Each passing year brought more emigrants, however, and soon with much of the good land in the Willamette Valley taken in 320 acre land claims, settlement began to flow into other parts of the region. The stage was set for tragedy, especially when the federal government insisted that it could buy land from a "head chief." Although the Pacific Northwest tribes were territorial, the concept of land ownership was alien -- lifestyle, religion, and identity were intertwined, and all were bound to the land.

I wonder if this ground has anything to say. . . . The earth and water and grass say God has given our names and we are told those names; Neither the Indians or the whites have a right to change those names. . .the earth says it was from her man was made. God placing them on the earth desired them to take good care of the earth and do each other no harm.

Cayuse Chief, 1855

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Wasco

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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