Expanded Land Acknowledgement, History & Resources
The Northland Foundation recognizes that its geographic service area rests on ceded territory established by the Treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855, and 1866 between the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Native nations and the United States government. This region is the traditional homelands of the Ojibwe, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and other Native nations. We humbly acknowledge we are on Indigenous land that holds a long history that continues to grow. Our relationships today shape and define our ongoing shared history. Together, we are actively building mutual respect based on trust and understanding.
Why offer a Land Acknowledgement?
The land we currently live and work on originally was and continues to be the homelands of Indigenous people. We currently enjoy access to this land because the land was ceded (territory relinquished) in a nation-to-nation treaty process between the Anishinaabe and the United States government.
Native nations are important governments with Tribal citizens who reside within those nations’ unceded territory and also on ceded territory, which coincide with Northland Foundation’s service area.
In our pursuit of equity, we must begin by acknowledging the truth of the land which has generated so much wealth and resources at the expense of Indigenous people. By recognizing Native American homelands, we accept our shared history and make a commitment to shape our ongoing relationships with justice and reconciliation as our guiding values.
What do we hope this Land Acknowledgement will accomplish?
We hope visitors to this website will honor the land as the original homelands of Native Peoples, and all of us will work to learn the history of Native nations, the treaties, and historic events that led to the relinquishing of the land, as well as about the current Indigenous communities.
History of Treaties and Ceded Territories
Treaties were not a transparent or evenly balanced process, to the detriment of Native nations. Modern inequities for Indigenous communities are rooted in the treaty process and the ensuing federal policies that focused on Native nations and Indigenous peoples. At the same time, the treaties carry a built-in truth that Native nations are sovereign nations, with a distinct political status. Learn more about the history and details of these treaties made between sovereign nations in this geographic region:
Other Resources and Land Acknowledgement Examples
Following are some of the many resources available to help further understanding of this topic and to think about the land and land acknowledgements in a deeper way.
- Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: https://usdac.us/nativeland
- A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Native Governance Center: https://nativegov.org/a-guide-to-indigenous-land-acknowledgment/
- Other Examples of Land Acknowledgements
Photographs provided by Ivy Vainio