Land Acknowledgment

Hartley Nature Center Land Acknowledgment

Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. Hartley Nature Center is located on land belonging to, and cared for by, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Nations, which was ceded by the Treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855, and 1866 between the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Nations and the United States government. We also recognize that the treaty making process reflects oppression of Indigenous people through colonization by generations of European settlers, the impact of which is still being felt today.

This region is the traditional homeland of the Ojibwe, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and other Native Nations who knew and know these lands by other names; and Indigenous people continue to live here and call this land home.

We humbly acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land that holds a long history that continues to evolve. Our relationships today shape and define our ongoing shared history. Together, we are actively building mutual respect based on trust and understanding. While a land acknowledgement is one step, we recognize that ongoing work that needs to be done.

Additional resources will be available on the Hartley Nature Center website soon.