On April 24,five hundred English settlers, under the leadership of John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, arrived at the harbor to settle permanently on the lands of the Quinnipiac Indians.
All land in the State of Connecticut was once Native territory, which is why it is our duty to acknowledge that the University of Connecticut a land grant institution, is existing on Native land.
Land acknowledgments do not exist in the past tense or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.
Why do we Recognize the Land? The Office for Diversity and Inclusion worked with the three co-founders of the Akomawt Educational Initiative to create a land acknowledgment that rightfully recognizes the history of the Native peoples territories.
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Native peoples as traditional stewards of lands. How to use the Land Acknowledgement?
The statement highlights the enduring relationship between Native peoples and their traditional territories. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example. Land Acknowledgement Statement We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.
For more information, please see our University Websites Privacy Notice. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.
UConn A-Z. What is a Land Acknowledgement? It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land and to seek to understand your place within that history. This initiative continues to fulfill the mission of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to continue to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.