Cornell University included a land acknowledgment in its 2021 graduation ceremony , the first time the Ivy League school did so in its history.
The acknowledgement recognized that Cornell sits on former land of the Cayuga Nation. This statement represents the latest in a trend among American universities to adopt Native American land acknowledgements statements.
As defined by Northwestern University , a land acknowledgment statement “is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.”The statement is often listed in research papers […]
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