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 the Kaw 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.
The School recognizes, advocates, and supports the sovereignty of the Nations of the Prairie Band Potawatomie, the Kickapoo of Kansas, the Sac and Fox of Missouri and Kansas and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas.
To breathe life into our obligations to these communities and the treaties mentioned, we vow to hold the School of Social Welfare more accountable to the needs of Native American and Indigenous peoples.