Tribal Story

An Enduring Connection

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and our connection to tumwata village – or Willamette Falls – goes back to time immemorial. Our people have been above and below the falls for centuries. In the early 19th century, Euro-American settlement began disrupting our way of life here. We were forcibly removed, and the site’s nature and the tribal presence were replaced by industry and pollution. But with our purchase of the site in 2019, we are stepping back into our role as caretakers of the falls.

Historical photograph of Willamette Falls.

Historical Timeline at Willamette Falls

Follow the storied journey of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at Willamette Falls.
Historical sketch of net fishers on platforms at Willamette Falls.

The Grand Ronde History

Learn about the history of our people in the Northwest over thousands of years.
Contemporary members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde paddle a traditional style canoe near Willamette Falls.

Today and in the Future

See how the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is thriving today – and what’s on the horizon.