We’d like to respectfully acknowledge that the city of Chicago is on the traditional homelands of the Miami, Peoria, and Potawatomi peoples.
We also acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of all original peoples of this region.
And we lament the broken promises made to them and their systematic marginalization, and we thank them for their generous hospitality by holding space for them in our endeavors.
From the Native Governance Center:WHY IS INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT IMPORTANT?“It is important to understand the longstanding 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.” Northwestern University
“When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)
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