“These lands were the traditional birthright of indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed and who have faced two centuries of struggle for survival and identity in the wake of dispossession”
Land acknowledgements are a hot new form of virtue signaling on many college campuses.
Campus Reform reports:
UIC places Native American land acknowledgements around campus
The University of Illinois at Chicago has placed “land acknowledgment” floor stickers across campus to recall the history of Native Americans in the modern United States.
The land acknowledgement stickers say, “You are on the traditional territories of the three fire peoples — the Ojibwe, Odawa and Bodéwadmi.”
“Over the past 18 months, we’ve grown accustomed to looking at stickers and arrows on the floor for guidance,” College of Architecture Dean Rebecca Rugg explained in the release. “This project uses the pandemic and contemporary social justice movements as opportunities to help UIC understand its place within this land’s history.”
The University of Illinois System also has a broader “land acknowledgment” statement.
“These lands were the traditional birthright of indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed and who have faced two centuries of struggle for survival and identity in the wake of dispossession,” the statement reads. “We hereby acknowledge the ground on which we stand so that all who come here know that we recognize our responsibilities to the peoples of that land and that we strive to address that history so that it guides our work in the present and the future.”
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