Land Acknowledgement

What is land acknowledgment?

A Land acknowledgment is a public and formal statement that recognizes, honors and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. The statement highlights the enduring relationship that exists between Ingenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

What is the purpose of recognizing land?

All land in the State of Massachusetts was once Native territory, which is why it is our duty to acknowledge that the College of the Holy Cross exists on Native land. To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history.

Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.

“Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.”  Source: U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Office of Multicultural Education Land Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge that the land we live, work, learn, and commune on is the original homelands of the Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide, slavery, and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. We hope this gesture honors the Nipmuc people and the ongoing connection they have with the land. 

The Nipmuc Nation Tribal Council is located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton, Massachusetts. Social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and website.

Adapted from Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment

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