American Indian Studies (AIS), ODI, and MCC at The Ohio State University acknowledge the Shawnee, Miami, Lenape, and Wyandotte peoples as the traditional land caretakers of central Ohio and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for indigenous peoples in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to ancestors, elders, and relatives/relations past, present and emerging.
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.
To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude for the long-standing history that has brought us to reside on this land and to understand our place within this history.
Land acknowledgments do not exist in a past tense. Instead, this Indigenous protocol reminds us of the pervasiveness and progression of colonialism and the opportunity to foster a mindfulness of our present-day involvement.
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