Land Acknowledgement

A land acknowledgement is a statement that formally recognizes the historical and continuing connection between Indigenous peoples and their native lands. In this spirit, we humbly make this land acknowledgement.

 
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Notchcliff Nature Programs are held on the ancestral lands of the Paskestikweya (Pist-ka-tanh-wah) people. We humbly offer our respects to the elders, past and present citizens, of the Piscataway Conoy, the Piscataway Indian Nation, and the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, which are all Algonquian (Al- Gon-Qwe-An) Peoples.


We honor the cultures, histories, and continued contributions of Indigenous Peoples and acknowledge the violent history of 500 years of colonial oppression at the hands of European explorers and those who settled here.

No land acknowledgement can right the wrongs suffered by these and other Indigenous people, but we engage in this practice to promote social justice, decolonization, and greater Indigenous visibility. It is also an important reminder that we live and work on sacred land.

 

Additional Resources

Piscataway Conoy Tribe

Baltimore American Indian Center

Native Land which includes maps of Indigenous territories

Territory Acknowledgement on Native Land

Native Governance Center offers a guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement

We Have a Story To Tell: offers authentic perspectives about the native peoples of the Chesapeake region created by the National Museum of the American Indian

Indigenous Peoples of the Chesapeake offers context for the Chesapeake Bay Program

Native Americans in Maryland lists information compiled by the state of MD