I acknowledge the following people whose land I reside within today; The people of the Menominee Nation - the descendants of Bear, Eagle, Wolf, Crane and Moose; the people of the wild rice and maple sugar whose 10 million acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and most of Wisconsin is now just 276,000 acres.
As someone living on this land, I commit to walking lightly and to live in gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful place. I vow to honor, be respectful and attempt to live in reciprocity with these lands and all of her inhabitants.
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It is important to note that this kind of acknowledgement is not a new practice developed by colonial institutions. Land acknowledgement is a traditional custom dating back centuries for many Native communities and nations. For non-Indigenous communities, land acknowledgement is a powerful way of showing respect and honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the land on which we work and live. Acknowledgement is a simple way of resisting the erasure of Indigenous histories and working towards honoring and inviting the truth.