An acknowledgment of the land is a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
Indigenous people have been coming to what is now the state of Ohio for thousands of years, and the series of large-scale geometric, boundary, and effigy earthworks still visible in central and southern Ohio bear witness to this region's historical importance as a center for economic, spiritual, artistic, and intellectual endeavor and exchange.
The office of Diversity and Inclusion, the American Indian Studies undergraduate minor program and the Student Life Multicultural Center acknowledges central Ohio as the traditional homeland of the Shawnee Nation, Miami, Wyandotte and other Indigenous nations who have strong ties to these lands. Today, individuals from a broad range of Indigenous backgrounds call Columbus and central Ohio home.
Photo: Great Circle Earthworks | Newark, Ohio