A Land Acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
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[00:00:05.000]Let me begin by recognizing our tribal elders.
[00:00:08.650]If I misspeak, I beg their forgiveness.
[00:00:11.600]Thank you to the University of Nebraska for having me today.
[00:00:15.510]UNL is a land-grant institution.
[00:00:18.940]This designation was created by Congress in 1862
[00:00:23.760]with the Morrill Act during the Civil War.
[00:00:27.230]The Act's purpose was to create state colleges
[00:00:30.350]to promote the liberal and practical education
[00:00:33.220]of the industrial classes
[00:00:35.010]in the several pursuits and professions in life.
[00:00:38.460]The Morrill Act provided each state
[00:00:41.100]with 30,000 acres per member of Congress for this purpose
[00:00:46.550]in addition to the U.S. government's prior
[00:00:49.260]162 violent expropriations of around 10.7 million acres
[00:00:56.810]of sovereign, tribal lands.
[00:01:00.020]These bloody events
[00:01:01.160]birthed the modern, higher our education system.
[00:01:04.810]As we consider this history, it becomes clear
[00:01:08.320]that we must cherish the gift of education all the more.
[00:01:12.920]We want to acknowledge that the University of Nebraska
[00:01:16.520]rests on the traditional lands of the Ponca,
[00:01:19.920]the Omaha, the Ho-Chunk, Winnebago,
[00:01:23.240]Dakota, Lakota, Santee Dakota, Kaw, Arapaho,
[00:01:30.470]Ioway, Sac and Fox, Cheyenne,
[00:01:34.610]and Otoe-Missouria peoples,
[00:01:36.630]past and present.
[00:01:38.740]We honor with gratitude, the land itself,
[00:01:41.170]and the people who have stewarded it
[00:01:43.080]throughout the generations.
[00:01:45.270]This calls us to commit to work in partnership
[00:01:48.220]with our indigenous peoples,
[00:01:50.020]continuing to learn from their experience,
[00:01:52.790]to become better stewards
[00:01:54.260]of the land we now inhabit as well.
[00:01:57.470]Let us utilize the education provided by UNL
[00:02:01.130]to bring peace and justice to all peoples.
[00:02:06.050]Thank you for hearing my words.
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