Land acknowledgements honor a place’s Indigenous people – past and present – and recognize the history that brought us to where we are today. They are meant to recognize how we have inadvertently benefited from the history of colonization, removal, and genocide of Indigenous people. Land acknowledgements are a starting point. They should not be the only way you recognize or support Indigenous communities and histories.
The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is located on the ancestral lands of the Osage, Missouri and Illini people, who were removed unjustly, and that we in this community are the beneficiaries of that removal. We honor them as we live, work, and study here in St. Louis. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Missouri since time immemorial. Today, there are over 183,400 Native Americans living in the state.