Land Acknowledgment Statement
June 10, 2021
It is with great excitement that I share the launch of Idaho State University’s Land Acknowledgment Statement.
A little over a year ago, I chartered a committee to create a statement that would be adopted by the University to acknowledge that our campus resides on the traditional homeland of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and that we all benefit from the rich history and contributions of Native American people who continue to live here today. The Land Acknowledgment was developed in close collaboration with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and was established to provide our campus community with resources for starting conversations about the contributions Native American people have made to our history and future.
This Land Acknowledgement demonstrates our ongoing commitment and responsibility to teach accurate histories of the regional Indigenous people and to continue building our relationship. It is our commitment to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes that we will collaborate on future educational discourse and activities in our communities.
We have created a website that includes information on the official Idaho State Land Acknowledgement Statement, as well as suggested statements for presentations, syllabi, and email signature lines. I encourage all of you to use these resources to begin conversations about the history and contributions of the Native American people who have lived and continue to live in the region.