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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Land Acknowledgement Statement

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Map of Wisconsin tribal boundaries around the 1800s
Map of Wisconsin tribal boundaries around the 1800s

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 acknowledgement 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 acknowledgment 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 tribe
  • this is a statement meant to be inclusive to all of Wisconsin’s many tribes that at one time called our district home

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