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Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village all celebrate Native American peoples; Gresham Lilac Run seeks funds recipient

East County recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village all put out statements earlier this week formally recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day.

On Monday, Oct. 11, people around the country recognized and honored the Native American peoples while commemorating their histories and cultures. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.

Those in support of Indigenous People's Day said Columbus represents the violent history of colonization. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.

"This day of recognition is meant to honor both the struggles and beauty that surround the cultures of Indigenous people," Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall said.

In Gresham the Clackamas tribe of the Chinookan peoples built villages near the various creeks and rivers that run through the modern-day city. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon also have a strong presence in East Multnomah County.

"Today, let's not only spend time reflecting on the roots of our community, but honor and celebrate the history of Native American people everywhere," Stovall said.

Community run seeks nonprofit recipient

An annual Gresham run is looking for a recipient for its registrations fees.

The Gresham Lilac Run, presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, is returning for year four in 2022, and organizers want to find the next race beneficiary. The event will be held Saturday, April 30, and begin/end at Main City Park.

The Lilac Run beneficiary application is open until noon Friday, Oct. 29. The hope is to connect with a local nonprofit organization that provides services or programs to underserved children and families. Applicants may also promote and improve the physical, mental or emotional well-being of the community. In the past Family of Friends Mentoring was the recipient of funds raised from the Lilac Run.

Visit bit.ly/3aeCOIV to learn more and complete the application

If you want to be a sponsor of the Lilac Run, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comment on county stormwater management

Multnomah County is looking for feedback on its stormwater management plan that includes the communities of Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village.

The county Stormwater Management Plan is designed to minimize impact from roadways, development, and county operations on water quality. The annual plan includes seven categories of best management practices from catch basin cleaning and street sweeping, to public education and capital improvements.

The 2021 annual report draft can be viewed online at multco.us/water-quality-program and summarizes activities for the permit year ending June 30, 2021.

Written comments on the plan can be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, to the Water Quality Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to 1620 S.E. 190th Ave., Portland, OR, 97233.

For more information visit multco.us/water-quality-program

Dedication Ceremonies for Gresham, Sam Barlow High Schools

Gresham-Barlow School District is hosting open-houses at Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School to show the renovations to the schools funded by the 2016 Gresham-Barlow School Bond. The events are open to the public. Masks must be worn at all times.

The Sam Barlow open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event will start with remarks, opening performances and a ribbon cutting ceremony. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. community members will be treated to a performance from the Barlow Jazz Band. Self-guided tours through the high school will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gresham High's Open House celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. The event will start with opening remarks and a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school's main entrance. Gresham high's band, choir and theater department will all be performing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Self-guided tours will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m.


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