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On behalf of all members of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), we respectfully acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities of Washington D.C. where our NCURA Office is located, the Indigenous communities in the locations of all our members, and the labor of enslaved and exploited people around the world.
The following acknowledgement draws on a number of resources.
NCURA acknowledges that we are on the traditional, stolen land of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway People, past, present and future. We honor with gratitude the land itself for those who have stewarded it for generations, and for the opportunity to study, learn, work, and be in community with this land. We encourage everyone in this space to engage in continued learning about the Indigenous peoples who work and live on this land since time immemorial, including the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Nation, and about the historical and present realities of colonialism. This acknowledgment does not take the place of authentic relationship with indigenous communities but serves as one way to honor the land we are on.
NCURA also acknowledges the contribution of enslaved persons who were drivers of economic growth and development in the United States. We honor the legacy of enslaved people, primarily of African descent, Black Life, and the lives of all people of color that continue to make an impact on cultures and societies around the world through music, food, art, sports, architecture, science, business, and agriculture. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of violence throughout generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today.
NCURA is committed to building and maintaining a culture of inclusion. NCURA provides a land and labor acknowledgment as part of our mission to be a welcoming and inclusive organization.
In order to identify the indigenous groups and tribes to include in your acknowledgement, as well as determine the phonetic spellings/pronunciations, there are several resources available:
Other DEI resources, including a webinar entitled "How to implement inclusive practices in higher education," can be found on our DEI page.
NCURA Land and Labor Acknowledgment Template
Land Acknowledgement examples and resources from other universities: