We’re still here: The how and why of land acknowledgements

Feb 8, 2022

You’ve probably heard Indigenous land acknowledgements before at events or conferences. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland even delivered one at the Boston Marathon last year. 

But is there a right way and a wrong way to acknowledge Indigenous land? And how can we make sure they’re not just window dressing?

Rosie Thunderchief is an Indigenous woman based in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is descended from multiple tribes. She works for the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps as an administrative manager and has served as an unofficial land acknowledgements advisor to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, which we featured in a previous episode of the Landscape. 

She joins Kate and Aaron to discuss how land acknowledgements can create space for healing and to provide guidance for coming up with land acknowledgements of your own.


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