We acknowledge that the land and waterways we steward, learn from, and love near Michigami* (commonly referred to as Lake Michigan) are the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples including the Potawatomi, Menominee, and Ho-Chunk. Past, present, and future caretakers of these lands and waters include the Ojibwe, Peoria, Sauk and Fox, Oneida, Mohican, Brothertown, and other Indigenous peoples.
As we celebrate and connect people to these natural spaces and species, we acknowledge that:
Acknowledging the complex past and present traumas and triumphs is a step toward healing and a more just future.
* Michigami is the Algonquin word meaning “Great Water.” The name Lake Michigan was derived from this word.
What is a land and water acknowledgment?
A land and water acknowledgment is a first step in honoring the Indigenous people who live here, including those whose ancestors were forcibly removed from their traditional lands and whose stories have been erased. The wounds of these tragedies cannot be mended without being understood. Acknowledging centuries of trauma is a step toward healing and a more just future.