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Stanford launches land acknowledgment website honoring relationships with Native peoples

L to R: Jade Arauju and Ryan Duncan
Oct 8 2021
Stanford, Students, VPGE

The relationship between the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Stanford, whose campus is located within the Tribe’s ancestral territory, is recognized at many campus gatherings. Participants pause to acknowledge the history of the land and the significance of Native peoples to the university community with a statement.

As the United States celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 11, Stanford is launching a website that provides the university’s first official such land acknowledgment.

Developed in collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the website offers guidance for members of the Stanford community wishing to incorporate this show of respect into their activities. Typically, it is included in event programs or recited live or on video during the welcome or opening remarks.

“The land acknowledgment is an act of honoring the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe’s ancestral stewardship of lands on which Stanford gathers,” said Karen Biestman, director of Stanford’s Native American Cultural Center. “It also marks the university’s commitment to respectful relations and actions involving Indigenous peoples, both today and in the future.”

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