What is a Land Acknowledgment?
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
Why do we recognize the land?
To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, a way of showing awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. We feel it is important to understand the history that has brought us to reside on the land, and to seek to understand our place within that history.
I ask you to please draw your awareness to your principal relationship with the Earth and if possible making direct contact. I open with the acknowledgement that the land in which we are currently located is occupied territories. On the traditional land and the ancestral home of Native Americans, Indigenous, and First Nations people I ask you to join me in acknowledging the 98 tribal groups from our area including, the Kickapoo, Kansa, Osage, Otos, Missouri, Pottawatomie, Sioux, Shawnee, and Wyandot tribes. We honor the elders both the past and the present. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn the stories of these people as well as how to be better stewards of the land that we inhabit. Thank you.