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The University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion (CII) consists of American Indian Student Services (AISS), Asian American Student Services (AASS), Black Student Services (BSS) and Latinx Student Services (LSS). CII provides vital links to the culturally rich and diverse community surrounding CU Denver.
CII provides services: a) to support underrepresented students and b) to promote a diverse and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff.
that we reside in the homelands of Indigenous Peoples is an important step to
recognizing the history and the original stewards of these lands. The United
States has worked hard to erase the narratives of Indigenous Peoples, however
land acknowledgments help in reminding people about our institution’s history
as well as the many contributions Native peoples have made over time.
land acknowledgements are important, they are not to be used as a current trend
that many universities and non-profits adopted. There are protocols and a land
acknowledgment is not to be just said or read, just to be said or read. The
intent of the acknowledgement must extend far beyond the words you speak in a
moment. Land acknowledgements must be implemented throughout the practice and
echo through direct action in supporting and centering Indigenous Peoples.
gather here today, we honor and acknowledge that we are on the traditional
territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations. This
area was also the site of trade, hunting, gathering and healing for many other
Native Nations: The Ute, Lakota, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and many
other native nations.
recognize the Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land and all
the relatives within in, the animal nations, plant nations, insect nations and
stone nation. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties
these nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.
Let us acknowledge also the painful history of genocide and forced removal from
this territory. We respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected
to this land on which we gather. We pay our respect to them and give thanks to
all Tribal Nations and the ancestors of this place.” ~ Gracie RedShirt Tyon
CII’s American Indian Services Director