We pay our deepest respects to the Pawtucket and Massachusett elders from the past and present. We acknowledge the truth of ruthlessness executed in the name of this country and make a commitment to uncovering that truth.
We comprehend that land acknowledgements are a small and very important step towards ensuring a culture of respect, truth, and accountability in our community. It is imperative that these words develop into action as a sign of demonstrating our respect. ~United States Department of Arts & Culture: #HonorNativeLand Guide
The violence directed towards Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, First Nation, and First Peoples is ongoing. This violence is present when Indigenous people’s histories are erased, their cultures are trivialized, their resources are seized, their labor is exploited, their children are stolen, and their lives are taken. In order to fight against this violence, occupiers of this land must listen and amplify Indigenous people’s voices, while fighting against their complicity.
For more information about the importance of Tribal Land Acknowledgements check out this article by Claudia Fox Tree.