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Race, Migration, & Indigeneity

Introduction

This guide is meant to orient you to the conversation around land acknowledgments in universities and other cultural institutions, and provide resources to help you better understand the history and impact of this practice. Many of these resources will also help you better understand how to engage in a thoughtful practice of acknowledgement and recognition, of the land and the communities who have continuously cared for our world across time.

Land Acknowledgment

Indiana University and the city of Bloomington occupy lands of enduring historical and cultural significance, and that for some was, is, and will always be home, to a number of Indigenous groups, including the Myaamiaki (Miami)Lënape (Delaware)Saawanwa (Shawnee), and Neshnabé/Bodwéwadmik (Potawatomi) peoples. We honor and acknowledge the ancestral and contemporary caretakers of this place, as well as our nonhuman spirits, elders, and guides, offer gratitude for being held and nourished by the land, and recognize the inherent sovereignty and resilience of all Native communities who have survived and still thrive to this day on Turtle Island in spite of the systemic subjugation, dispossession, and genocide that constitute the ongoing reality of settler-colonialism.

We encourage all, settlers and guests alike, to look beyond acknowledgement and engage with local Indigenous communities while also cultivating thoughtful relations of reciprocity with the sacred land you live on, as well as the many vibrant beings with whom you share it. 

Resource Guide

If you'd to learn more about the practice and history of indigenous land acknowledgments, consult the various resources listed in this guide.

To learn more about the tribes, nations, and communities with ties to this land colonially known as the state of Indiana, check out their websites and consider supporting them in an ongoing way however you can:

Myaamiaki (Miami)

Lënape (Delaware)

Saawanwa (Shawnee)

Neshnabé/Bodwéwadmik (Potawatomi)

Indigenous-led organizations and movements to learn about and listen to:

Suggestions for Indigenous organizations and projects to support and engage with:

Relevant Library Guides & Resources

If you'd like to engage more deeply with Indigenous history, worldviews, stories, and experiences, we have a number of resources that will expand your perspective on Indigenous people and communities.

  • Indigenous Heritage & History Month (Media Studies) - selection of resources, including literature, films, podcasts, among others, celebrating Indigenous cultures and communities 
  • The Sounds of Indigenous Heritage & History Month (Media Studies) - playlist of Indigenous musicians across time and genre, from musical forms dating back hundreds of years to iterations of much more recently emerged genres like hip hop, with a comprehensive write-up about the music and artists included and a selection of resources about contemporary Indigenous music
  • Two-Spirit & Indigenous LGBTQIA Peoples (Gender Studies) - feature on two-spirit and LGBTQIA identity within Indigenous communities, with recommendations of films, literature, and scholarly publications on this topic
  • Indigenous Philosophies & Worldviews (Philosophy) - resource on Indigenous philosophies and philosophers, representing an alternative to the frequently reinforced Eurocentricity of philosophy as a profession and bringing the thought and intellectual traditions of indigenous thinkers to the fore