CU-Boulder's official Indigenous Land Acknowledgment statement can be found here. CNAIS has been in discussion with various campus administrators about the best way to move towards such a statement. We are encouraged by the campus' recent IDEA plan, which includes a specific call for the campus to develop such a statement. At CNAIS, we believe that a Land Acknowledgment statement must come from a position of careful learning and reflection by an individual or institution -- it cannot simply be "adopted" from existing language, in boilerplate fashion. 

Please be aware that the statement is from the individual or institution, to the original inhabitants of the land: Indigenous people should not be asked to read or write such statements on behalf of institutions, though their commentary and feedback should be sought. While it is appropriate and desirable to share the statement publicly with Indigenous peoples, there is no need to invite Indigenous representatives to be present for every formal use of the statement -- they are all too aware of the facts being acknowledged! The most important feature of such a statement is what one acknowledges about oneself and one's relationship to the past and the land.

At CNAIS, we also share the belief that a meaningful Land Acknowledgment statement must address historical wrongs and inequities, not just the fact that others once occupied the land. In recognizing these factors, it must commit to concrete actions to address their continuing implications in the present. Put simply, acknowledging you took advantage of someone, but with no redress for that wrong, is just a further insult to the victim. What are you going to do to acknowledge the benefits you or your institution have received in exchange for the unjust ways that lands were occupied and acquired, as well as the negative effects on the previous occupants? How are you going to work to change the continuing inequities in the present? Without this component, we believe the acknowledgment lacks true meaning.