A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Native peoples as traditional guardians of lands and the enduring relationship that exists between Native peoples and their traditional territories. The Acknowledgement is shared at events such as orientations, graduation, convocation, and critical conversations. School of Social Welfare faculty, staff and student organizations are welcome to use the suggested language at their events.
The School of Social Welfare acknowledges that the University of Kansas resides on the ancestral territory of several tribal nations, including the Kaw Osage, and Shawnee peoples. Specifically, the University occupies land ceded in an 1825 treat with the Kaw Treaty and a later treaty with the Shawnee treaty enforced in 1854.
This land acknowledgement recognizes that Native Americans are traditional guardians of the land and that there is an enduring relationship between Native peoples and these traditional territories.
Our School recognizes, advocates, and supports the sovereignty of the four-federally recognized tribes of Kansas, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.