Territorial Acknowledgment

Green Federal Highway sign of Seneca Nation

We begin this by acknowledging that SUNY Geneseo, the college where this web project was developed, stands on land that once belonged to the peoples who are now the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.  This college is an agency of New York, a state that could not have taken its present shape without a systematic program of dispossession waged against Haudenosaunee peoples.We recognize that this territorial acknowledgment is by itself inadequate, and by itself an empty gesture, without action on all our parts to work together to overcome and remedy a long legacy of violence, dispossession, and exploitation. We have much work left to do.

You can read more about territorial acknowledgments at Michael Oberg’s website.