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At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, we recognize our Green Bay campus is located on the ancestral and present-day lands of Indigenous people. The following land acknowledgment affirms our continual commitment to Native nations:

The region served by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College occupies the ancestral home of the Menominee Nation, who have persisted here in Northeast Wisconsin from before recorded history to the present day. The College's Green Bay campus exists upon lands ceded from the Menominee Tribe to the Oneida Nation. We acknowledge this land we stand upon today as sacred, historical, and significant to the Menominee and Oneida Nations, as are the lands of all First Nations People.
"occupies" demonstrates an acklowledgment of stewardship rather than ownership that is important to Native people. "persisted" acknowledges the struggle and resilience of the Menominee people to continue to exist in the only place they have ever called home as described in "from before recorded history". Honors the transfer of stewardship between tribes, rather than highlighting the removal of tribes. this is a statement meant to be inclusive to all of Wisconsin's many tribes that at one time called our district home.

What is a Land Acknowledgment Statement? 

A land acknowledgment is a formal statement recognizing, honoring, and respecting the Indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of the land.  

Why do we recognize the land? 

“Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed action. But this beginning can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.”… 

“Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing
respect and a step toward correcting the stories
and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history
and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

NWTC recognizes the importance and value of establishing a land acknowledgment statement as a way to expand inclusivity. Recognizing the land fosters open dialogue and community building. It is a way to acknowledge, honor, and respect the land we reside on while also recognizing the Indigenous Peoples, both past and present, who live and work the land. 

When should this land acknowledgment be used? 

A land acknowledgment is usually verbally given before the start of a large gathering or special event such as Graduation.