Land Acknowledgment

HRI Land Acknowledgment Statement

At HRI we respectfully acknowledge that we are on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These Nations were forcefully removed from their traditional territories and these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity. As part of a land-grant institution, we have a particular obligation to recognize the peoples of these lands and the histories of dispossession upon which the university rests.

In keeping with the spirit of land acknowledgment statements, we also recognize that these histories are both shared with and distinct from those of African American, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, among others.

As humanists we recognize that the past is not past, and that no field or arena of inquiry is exempt from the responsibility of addressing the legacies of settler colonialism, enslavement, and their contemporary manifestations well beyond acknowledgments such as this.

Thus, this statement is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to supporting the work of Indigenous scholars and communities. It is also a reminder of how accounting for Indigenous erasure and survivance makes visible the urgency of imagining change as collaboratively and collectively as possible. Let us, then, together envision what Muskogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo calls “a map to the next world.”


"So you read the Land Acknowledgment Statement: Now what?" HRI annual work-in, 2020

Morrill Act "land grant" Universities

Whose land are we on?

Treaties of Illinois

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

The Peorias: A History of the Peoria Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, Dorris Valley and Peoria Tribe

Miami Nation of Oklahoma

American Indian Center of Chicago

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2013. Milkweed Editions. Ebook versions

Imprints : The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago. Low John N. 2016. Michigan State University Press.

City Indian : Native American Activism in Chicago 1893-1934. LaPier Rosalyn R and David Beck. 2015. University of Nebraska Press.

Resource list provided by Professor Jenny L. Davis

Additional resources for Native American Students at UIUC