Native American-Alaska Native Heritage

Students eating lunch in the Cherry St. Cafe with three murals of Chief Seattle, Princess Angeline, Billy Frank Jr., and Vi Hilbert

From the desk of Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion:

We begin November with an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich ancestry, diverse culture, and sacred traditions of Indigenous People during Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites your reflection on the vast contributions of Native people, as well as the numerous systemic challenges that continue to impede the vitality of Indigenous communities in our region and around the country. Read more.

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Seattle University Land Acknowledgment 

In 2017, Seattle University’s Indigenous Peoples Institute, under the guidance of Dr. Roberts and Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J., collaborated with Campus Ministry to co-create language that can be used to recognize the history and people, lands, and waters of this Duwamish dxʷdəwʔabš aboriginal territory. This statement is often used in our community to open campus events, meetings, classes, and other gatherings.  

As we begin [name of event/gathering], I (we) invite us all to respectfully acknowledge that our campus is on occupied Coast Salish land, specifically the homelands of the Duwamish people.   

To acknowledge this land is to recognize the history and legacy of settler colonialism; it is to recognize these lands, waters, and their significance for the peoples who have thrived in this region despite the consequences of displacement and broken treaties.  

Let us take a moment to pause and pay our respects to Coast Salish Elders past and present and extend that respect to their descendants and to all Indigenous people. 

 Want to take your understanding and use of land acknowledgements further?

Swinomish mother and adult daughter walking on the Reservation in La Conner

Citing Indigenous Sources

Eduardo Peñalver at the Presidential Inauguration

 

Resources

Fr. Pat Twohy & Dr. Christina Roberts, Director of IPI hugging on stage

Faculty Features 

Nicole Hardie speaking at IPI Gala