Category Archives: land acknowledgments

Land acknowledgement: Minneapolis, Minnesota

I went to Minneapolis to visit my son. I’d never even been to Minnesota before. But it’s exciting to be here—the home of so much important Native history, past and present. It’s the intersection of the Mississippi River and the … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: San Fernando Valley, California

I grew up and lived here for 18 years, near the southwest edge of the San Fernando Valley. My mom is still in my childhood house. This is where Tongva and Chumash land meet. In 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed all … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Neah Bay, Washington

One doesn’t really need to do a land acknowledgement for Neah Bay because it is still in Makah hands. But I’ll do it anyway: This is Makah Nation land. It’s my first time here, in the northwest corner of the … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is Cahuilla territory, specifically the Agua Caliente Band. This was apparent to everyone attending the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, which is what I was doing there. The Agua Caliente Band were regularly acknowledged and thanked as the … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is S’Klallam (or Klallam) land. The town occupies the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, where the Straight of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. The tides, as well as every bird, fish, or orca traveling into or … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: San Diego Bay, California

I recently found myself staying in San Diego. It was a work trip related to oil spill response– one of the things we gotta do in the modern industrialized world: prepare for oil spills. Keeping with my new year’s resolution, … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills, Kentucky

I said I’d do a land acknowledgment for every place I stayed this year. I started with my home. I’m adding one more: Covington Catholic High School, located on Dixie Highway in Park Hills, Kentucky, a wealthy suburb of Cincinnati, … Continue reading

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