Land acknowledgments honor the contributions, histories and place-based knowledge of Indigenous peoples with historic and contemporary ties to lands across what is today known as the United States. Land acknowledgments also recognize the devastating and lasting impacts of the forced assimilation and forced removal of Indigenous peoples from their traditional territories and ancestral homelands, including the lands that are now part of ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ and the University of ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder.
ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder, founded the same year ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ became a state in 1876, recognizes that it sits on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute and many other Native American nations. Recognizing the history of the state, the university and the campusâ€™s origin story, however difficult, and the histories and experiences of the Indigenous peoples who have lived in these territories for millennia aligns with the campusâ€™s academic and research missions as ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥â€™s flagship public research university.
ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulderâ€™s land acknowledgment is an iterative work in progress and is expected to evolve over time. While it is not a requirement, students, faculty and staff may read the land acknowledgement during campus meetings and use it in email signatures and on campus websites to show their support for the success and well-being of Indigenous students, faculty and staff at ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder, for Native American communities in ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ and nationwide, and for First Peoples worldwide.
University of ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder Land Acknowledgment
The University of ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder, ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥â€™s flagship university, honors and recognizes the many contributions of Indigenous peoples in our state. ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute and many other Native American nations. Their forced removal from these territories has caused devastating and lasting impacts. While the University of ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ Boulder can never undo or rectify the devastation wrought on Indigenous peoples, we commit to improving and enhancing engagement with Indigenous peoples and issues locally and globally.
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