University of Kentucky Land Acknowledgment
The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment respectfully acknowledges that the University of Kentucky sits on the traditional territory of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.
The purpose of Land Acknowledgements is to recognize, honor, and show respect of Indigenous past, present and future. Taking the format of written and/or verbal statements, land acknowledgments help deepen understanding around the relationship of particular lands, and the relationship current inhabitants have with those lands.
Important to note, Kentucky does not have any state or federally recognized tribes. To learn more about the formation of historical myths, visit here.
Rationale for Use
Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. (https://usdac.us/nativeland/).
While statements are powerful, they are the most meaningful when given authentically and followed by sustained connection, engagement and action with Indigenous communities.
Where to Acknowledge?
Statements can be used in a variety of settings and modalities. It is encouraged to know and understand the history of the local land in conjunction with using a statement.
Optional use for the University of Kentucky statement are:
- Campus events
- Organizational meetings
- Sporting Events