University of Minnesota Crookston
(Designed to be read in its entirety to honor past, present, and future contributions of Indigenous people.)
We acknowledge that we gather as the University of Minnesota Crookston on the traditional land and water of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people, past and present, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have served as caretakers of Mother Earth throughout the generations.
We acknowledge the genocide and systems of oppression that have deprived Indigenous people of their lands and we honor and respect the diverse and beautiful peoples still connected to this land. We recognize the many contributions Native Nations have made as the spiritual and physical caretakers of this land. We acknowledge the histories and cultural traditions that make this ceded and treaty lands special, and celebrate the talents and gifts of Indigenous populations of our region.
With this land acknowledgement we affirm the inherent sovereignty of Native nations. We strive to hold our university accountable to Indigenous peoples and pledge to support and advocate for their welfare. The University of Minnesota Crookston stands with the community members of Native nations and commits to building relationships with the American Indian communities through partnerships, academic pursuits, historical recognitions, and recruitment efforts to further our commitment to promoting diversity, and to create an equitable and inclusive future for this region.
Adopted: March 2023