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Land Acknowledgments

This guide is an introduction to land acknowledgments; it consists of general information regarding acknowledgments, tribal communities in Oregon, including OSU resources, and the land acknowledgment statement by the Associated Students of OSU.

What is a Land Acknowledgment?

"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. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action."

~ From the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment

Articles, Guides, and Opinion Pieces about Land Acknowledgments

Land Acknowledgments are not a substitute for actions in support of social justice initiatives. A Land Acknowledgment can be the opening of a conversation not an ending.