The event Tuesday with the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde was a groundbreaking of sorts that represents one of the clearest steps forward at Willamette Falls after nearly a decade of planning.
A blessing prayer was said, and then an excavator finally tore into the crumbling old Blue Heron Paper Mill site in Oregon City, a building that’s long been a blight on the landscape of Native ancestral land. This was a ceremonial demolition, with far more planning to come, but it’s a first step for the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde to take back what was theirs.
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