Something I found from some Indigenous sources that you can do on Nov 22 (“Thanksgiving”) is a land acknowledgment statement. What I’m sharing with you guys is my uni’s land acknowledgment statement. Knowing the history of the University of Illinois, this is absolutely a step in the right direction. Next up, stop using “Fighting Illini” as a mascot name (we don’t use the image of Chief Illiniwek anymore, but still put the name on everything 🙄).
Unfortunately, when I screen recorded the pronunciations, the audio didn’t record 😕 maybe it’ll work for you guys?
I/We would like to begin today by recognizing and acknowledging that we are on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.
As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands, as well as the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the role that this university has played in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.
I will either generally use this one since my hometown is kinda near Chambana, or do our own if different tribes/ nations are from the land we live on now.
*** if I have said anything oppressive, wrong, or harmful in this post please tell me ***