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Honor Native Land

July 6, 2021

In countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, it is common to open public events by acknowledging the traditional indigenous inhabitants of the land. This practice is not as common in the United States, but many organization have adopted an indigenous land acknowledgement statement. The land we enjoy once was inhabited and cared for by Native Americans who were here long before Europeans came.

Acknowledgment of this fact is a powerful way of showing respect and admitting historical truth. Recognizing the original stewards of this land does not change the history of injustice. However, it is a step toward a more honest acknowledgement of the history and culture of Native Americans.

Across the United States there are places where the history and present-day realities of Native American culture can be seen. Some of these places have good public visibility in parks, museums, and heritage centers. Less obvious sitings are in the names of towns, rivers, and mountains. Even less visible are the indigenous villages where Native Americans try to make a living without tourist or casino income.

The following link is a New York Times article titled "Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Culture."