University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Campus Version:
We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.
University of Wisconsin Freshwater Collaborative Version:
As a system of universities in Wisconsin we share stewardship of the land and water between the Michigami, the full system of Great Lakes, and Michiziibi, the great Mississippi River, with the current sovereign nations of Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Ojibwe, Oneida and Mohican people along with the ancestors before them. Together we commit to being connected to this space, increasing our knowledge of it and transmitting that knowledge to future generations.
The Land Acknowledgement posted by EQI is intended to serve as a starting point for people in the UWM community. Anyone can use it and all are encouraged to do so when hosting gatherings or teaching a course, especially one connected to concepts of place and identity. There are no rules about these statements and some would say that simply posting such statements is not enough. We see this as the beginning of a conversation or connection to a much bigger story. The best way to acknowledge the place where we live and work is to know and appreciate it. We encourage all students and staff to trace and celebrate their own connections to land and water and get to know the local indigenous history of sustainable, resilient human presence in this and other places. Individuals should know the nearby native nations and be encouraged to work toward reconciliation where land has been taken and culture erased. The best acknowledgement is one that begins with the facts and is adapted to reflect personal and communal experiences. The staff at EQI are available to answer specific questions as needed.
At present, there are 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages with government-to-government relationships with the United States. The citizens of these nations are also citizens of the United States and their languages, cultures and histories are a part of our shared story. Land acknowledgements help us remember these nations and the ancestors who were stewards of the places where we live.
For more information about treaties and tribal nations visit one of these websites:
For the history of the name Milwaukee and some of our surrounding cities check out this TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddyFh1Rdho4