Land Acknowledgement Statement Resources
As the Montana University System campuses continue to grow their efforts to support American Indian students, many have looked to create Land Acknowledgement Statements. While no one certain path fits for all campuses in this process, the acknowledgement works best when it is as inclusive as possible as you engage in the creation of your statement. The resources below are intended to support a greater understanding of the importance of intent and use as well as to provide examples of items to consider as you navigate this significant effort.
If these resources do not provide the answers you are looking for, please contact Angela McLean at the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. Angela can connect you with additional resources and individuals who may guide you to best next steps. Additionally, if you have resources that may be helpful to others, please send them for inclusion in this resource list.
Land Acknowledgment Resources
- Native American and Indigenous Initiatives: Land Acknowledgment
- What are tribal land acknowledgments? Native American leaders say words and actions are needed
- Land Acknowledgments Are Not Enough
- Hayden King on writing Ryerson University's territorial acknowledgement
- Native Land Digital Map
- Are you planning to do a Land Acknowledgement?
Montana State University and University of Montana Statements and Use
- MSU American Fisheries Society (MSU)
- Monday Minutes (MSU)
- Native Land Project (MSU)
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX (UM)
Documents for Reference
- Federal Register: Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - Culture and History
- Wikipedia: Territories of the Salish (Flathead), Salish-Tunaxe, Kutenai-Tunaxe, Pend d'Oreille and Semteuse in early time (1700?)
- Salish Pend dOreille History
- Treaty with the Flatheads, Etc., 1855
A Note of Thanks:
Thank you to Kate Shanley, Mike Jetty, Kathi Meier and Amy Verlanic for their contributions to this effort.