Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.

What is a Land Acknowledgment Statement?
A land acknowledgement is a formal statement from a city, province, state, institution of higher education, or other cultural institution that affirms and recognizes the Indigenous peoples of a particular place and their historic, ongoing, and future relationships with those lands and waters.

St. Olaf’s Land Acknowledgement
St. Olaf finalized its land acknowledgement statement in November 2020 through participation in a joint task force with the City of Northfield and Carleton College. Special recognition goes to St. Olaf Associate Professor of English Joan Hepburn, who wrote the land acknowledgement that the task force adopted and these institutions are now using.

Why do we provide this Statement?
“To acknowledge the traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, reaching beyond colonization and the establishment of European colonies, as well as its significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived and continue to live upon this territory, and whose practices and spiritualities were tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the land and its other inhabitants today.”
– UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA