CU System Land Acknowledgment

In October, 2020, CU President Mark Kennedy issued an official Land Acknowledgment statement – a first for the CU System. The text of that statement can be found here.

CU-Boulder Campus Land Acknowledgment

CNAIS has been in discussion with various campus administrators about the need for a CU-Boulder-specific statement. We are encouraged by the campus' recent IDEA plan, which includes a specific call for the campus to develop such a statement. Until such a statement is created, we urge campus adminstrators to make use of the CU System statement.

Your Personal Land Acknowledgment

At CNAIS, we also believe 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 wrongs, you should commit to concrete actions to address continuing inequities. If you are non-indigenous, what are you going to do to acknowledge the benefits you have received in exchange for the unjust ways that lands were occupied and acquired, as well as the continuing negative effects on the previous occupants and their descendants? This could include commitments of your time, money or service to organizations that serve indigenous peoples in your area. 


We believe that these should be significant commitments, not just token amounts. As an example, if you donate money, and you are an established professional, consider at least 1% of your annual salary as a donation on a one-time basis. Or if you are not in a position to donate financially, consider the equivalent of at least 1% of standard work hours (160 hours a month > 1.6 hours a month of service) for a year.

Worthy organizations are many, including:

CNAIS Scholarship Fund 

Native American Rights Fund 

American Indian College Fund 

First Nations Development Institute