We humbly acknowledge the ancestral homelands of this area’s Indigenous nations and original stewards. These lands, still inhabited by Native descendants, border mountains sacred to Indigenous peoples. We honor our ancestors, their legacies, their traditions, and their descendants’ continued contributions. We celebrate our past, present, and future generations who will forever know this place as home.
We acknowledge that we are residing on tribal lands of those who have lived on this land for time immemorial. We pay respects to our elders past and present. We recognize the strength of our people, past and present, who work to build a strong and sovereign nation where Tribal members may live their values and culture. We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and other Indigenous peoples, and their ascendants. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today.