Today we know that much of the land that constitutes the United States of America was obtained by ill-gotten means. Those who preceded us disregarded the native people who were there first. While slight effort has been made by the government at different forms of restitution, if we look forward we see that regardless of how the land was obtained, we have inherited an ongoing job: To be good and thoughtful stewards of both the land and the people who make up this great country.
My vacation this year was spent in Oregon, learning not about the birth of our country but its expansion. We visited Fort Clatsop, the fort that had to be built in what is now western Oregon so that Lewis and Clark and their men could survive the winter of 1805-06. Continue reading