SAMPLES AND RESOURCES FOR AAUW BRANCHES TO INCLUDE/ADAPT
https://nativegov.org/news/a-guide-to-indigenous-land-acknowledgment/ See NOTE at bottom of this list.
University of WA
UW resources on land acknowledgement
General statement “The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.”
Tacoma School of Education
“The School of Education community here at UW Tacoma acknowledges that we learn, live, reflect, and teach on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. As our campus is specifically situated on the traditional homeland of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, we will make intentional efforts to create inclusive and respectful partnerships that honor Indigenous cultures, histories, identities, and sociopolitical realities.
We in the School of Education also have a moral responsibility to fully acknowledge our Indigenous connections, as well as critically reflect on the histories of dispossession and forced removal that have allowed for the growth and survival of this institution. Let us continue to advocate for and partner with our Indigenous neighbors as we continue our lifelong work together as a dynamic and inclusive community of educators, leaders, and learners.”
The Burke Museum
Coast Salish Peoples, whose ancestors resided here since time immemorial. Many Indigenous Peoples thrive in this place – alive and strong.
We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people and pay our respects to elders past and present. We recognize the UWB campus specifically sits on the original territory belonging to the Willow (Sammamish) People.
or simplified version…
We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Willow (Sammamish) People and pay our respects to elders past and present.
U of Arizona
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.
City of Edmonds
“We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this place, the Sdohobsh (Snohomish) people and their successors the Tulalip Tribes, who since time immemorial have hunted, fished, gathered, and taken care of these lands. We respect their sovereignty, their right to self-determination, and we honor their sacred spiritual connection with the land and water.” – City Council Land Acknowledgment
Edmonds School District: “We respectfully acknowledge that this meeting is being held on the traditional lands of Duwamish, Skokomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and Suquamish and other Coast Salish Tribes.”
Edmonds Center for the Arts: “We begin our meetings and events by acknowledging that we are seated on the traditional, culture-rich indigenous homelands of the Coast Salish people. We celebrate the Coast Salish, who represent a large collection of many tribes with distinct cultures and languages that have been stewards of the land and sea in the Pacific Northwest for 14,000 years. At ECA, we are committed to working with local tribes to acknowledge and honor their ancestral lands.”
Zonta USA – Virtual meeting from many locations
We wish to offer a moment of silence to acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of indigenous peoples where we each live.
[paste the link in the chat Native-Land.ca | Our home on native land]
Please click on the link in chat to the map of native lands. Enter your address in the map, and choose one of the indigenous peoples that show up at your location. Type the name of the tribe or band into the chat here in the conference.
We honor indigenous peoples, past, present and emerging here and around the world. We offer our respect to local elders from the lands from which you are joining today. (wait 30 seconds)
Land acknowledgment alone is not enough. It’s merely a starting point. Ask yourself: how do I plan to take action to support Indigenous communities? Some examples of ways to take action:
- Support Indigenous organizations by donating your time and/or money.
- Support Indigenous-led grassroots change movements and campaigns. Encourage others to do so.
- Commit to returning land. Local, state, and federal governments around the world are currently returning land to Indigenous people. Individuals are returning their land, too. Research your options to return land.
At the end of the day, remember:
Starting somewhere is better than not trying at all. We need to share in Indigenous peoples’ discomfort. They’ve been uncomfortable for a long time.