Land Acknowledgment

I acknowledge that the Land on which which I live is part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Wicomico, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Manokin and Choptank Tribes.

I honor the Wicomico, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Manokin and Choptank Tribes of these lands and waters, the elders who lived here before, the Indigenous today, and the generations to come. 

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. We are standing on the ancestral lands of the Wicomico, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Manokin and Choptank Peoples.

What is an acknowledgment?

#HonorNativeLand is a campaign to spread the practice of acknowledgment of traditional Native lands at the opening of all public gatherings. Visit www.usdac.us/nativeland to download the Guide with step-by-step instructions for how to offer acknowledgement and tips for moving beyond acknowledgment into action; download #HonorNativeLand signs to print, customize, and post in your community; and take the pledge to commit publicly to practicing traditional Native land acknowledgment.

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