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Panel seeks to note LOSD is sited on Indigenous land; two nominated for OSBA seats

At a relatively light regular session Monday, Nov. 16, the Lake Oswego School Board formally recognized the month of November as Native American Heritage Month and made nominations for the Oregon School Board Association's elections.

Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Lakeridge High School student Madeleine Stewart asked the board to start doing land acknowledments to recognize indigeneous people. With November being Native American Heritage Month, the board did just that.

Board member Neelan Gupta read an acknowledgement that LOSD is located on the ancestral lands of the Clackamas, Chinook and Tualatin Kalapuya peoples.

"We acknowledged that these tribes were subjected to disease, death and displacement as a result of the westward expansion by European colonists," Gupta said.

"We honor the rich history, culture and spiritual practices that are tied to this land as well as the resilience of the descendants of these and other Native communities."

The board said in its statement that it would form an ad hoc committee to study how and in what form LOSD will continue to acknowledge the Indigenous land that it occupies.

Gupta said the district is committed to teaching and practicing sustainability to preserve the Native land for future generations.

School Board Chair Sara Pocklington said the committee's purpose is to continue to find meaningful and authentic ways to acknowledge the land.

OSBA elections approaching

The board nominated Liz Hartman of LOSD and Libra Forde of North Clackamas School District for positions 7 and 8 respectively on the Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors.

Hartman said any district can nominate someone from their own district, or another district.

OSBA helps locally elected volunteers fulfill their public education roles by offering board leadership training and through legislative advocacy at the state and federal level.

"I just want to commend Director Hartman. It's great to have you serving at the state level in the way that you do," Superintendent Lora de La Cruz said.


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