The Oregon Department of Energy is committed to working closely with the nine federally-recognized Native American Tribes in Oregon.
Continuing to build on our long-standing relationships with the tribes will help our agency better understand how we can work collaboratively on the challenges and opportunities facing Oregon while improving ODOE's programs, services, and responsibilities.
Senate Bill 770 (2001) formalized the government-to-government relationship between Oregon's Native Tribes and state government. The state holds annual meetings with our tribal partners, and ODOE prepares a report each year for the annual meeting.
Annual Reports to the Legislative Commission on Indian Services
2021 Government-to-Government Report
Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Indigenous tribes and bands have been with the lands that we inhabit today throughout Oregon and the Northwest since time immemorial and continue to be a vibrant part of Oregon today. We would like to express our respect to the First Peoples of this land, the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon: Burns Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, Coquille Indian Tribe, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and The Klamath Tribes.
It is important that we recognize and honor the ongoing legal and spiritual relationship between the land, plants, animals, and people indigenous to this place we now call Oregon. The interconnectedness of the people, the land, and the natural environment cannot be overstated; the health of one is necessary for the health of all. We recognize the pre-existing and continued sovereignty of the nine federally recognized tribes who have ties to this place and thank them for continuing to share their traditional ecological knowledge and perspective on how we might care for one another and the land, so it can take care of us.
We commit to engaging in a respectful and successful partnership as stewards of these lands. As we are obliged by state law and policy, we will uphold government-to-government relations to advance strong governance outcomes supportive of tribal self-determination and sovereignty.