We recognize that this land acknowledgment is just a first step in a long process towards relationship building with Native folks. It was written by allies. As we build these relationships, we will update the land acknowledgement accordingly to reflect the thousands of years long relationships that these stewards share with these lands and waters. If you would like to contribute or collaborate, please contact us.
The Hudson Valley is part of the Eastern Door, shared ancestral territory of Mohican, Lenape, Stockbridge Munsee, Algonquin and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora). We begin building relationships with and between these communities by continually paying our respects to their Elders- past, present, and future. We recognize and advocate for their continued existence, their environmental priorities, and their ongoing contributions to the Hudson Valley ecosystem. Not all, but many of these Nations and communities have been displaced, yet their cultures are alive and thriving. Many seek to reconnect with their ancestral homelands, which they cared for and stewarded for thousands of years.
The environmental degradation, industrialization, and subsequent warming of Turtle Island (a.k.a. North America, currently known as United States and Canada) is a result of the attempted genocide and colonization of Indigenous people and land by white settlers, the enslavement of African people and their descendants, and the ongoing exploitation of people of color. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and other marginalized groups are now disproportionately experiencing the consequences of climate change more than others, and are also leaders of the environmental movement. Any delay in achieving social justice is a delay in achieving climate and environmental justice. To fight climate chaos we need to uplift and center the sovereignty, environmental priorities, traditional ecological knowledge and solutions of Native nations, while simultaneously advocating for LANDBACK and reparations.
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