We begin today by acknowledging that we are holding our gathering on the land of the Yokuts, specifically the Choinumni ('Choy-num-nee'), Mono, and Wuckchumni people who have lived and continue to live here. We also acknowledge that areas surrounding Reedley are still home to many other Yokuts tribes. We recognize their spiritual connection to the waters and the land as the first stewards and the traditional caretakers of this area we now call Reedley College. As we begin, we thank them for their strength, perseverance, and resistance. We also wish to acknowledge the other Indigenous Peoples who now call Reedley College their home, for their shared struggle to maintain their cultures, languages, worldview and identities in our diverse college.
Purpose of a Land Acknowledgment
“Land acknowledgment is a traditional custom that dates back centuries in many Native nations and communities. Today, land acknowledgments are used by Native Peoples and non-Natives to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live. Land acknowledgment is a traditional custom that dates back centuries in many Native nations and communities. Today, land acknowledgments are used by Native Peoples and non-Natives to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live.”
Why do we recognize land?
“For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other. They remain at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and the life it sustains. Today, corporate greed and federal policy push agendas to extract wealth from the earth, degrading sacred land in blatant disregard of treaty rights. Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice.”
Whose Land are You on?
How to get involved
- Join the Land Acknowledgment workgroup where members are now working to honor a physical space on Reedley’s campus with a monument celebrating Native Land. Contact Dr. Sarah Maokosy for meeting times.
- Tribal Apprenticeship
- Empower Native voices in your classroom. Check out NMAI’s Native Knowledge 360 Initiative Online.
- Add visual representations acknowledgement traditional land
- Check out our Native Plan Garden
- Take a course …
Native American Heritage Month Gathering
Reedley College held a Native American Heritage Month Gathering on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 11am to 2pm. The event included a blessing/prayer, land acknowledgment presentation, tribal apprenticeship program kickoff, and native pride drumming and dancing video. An information fair followed the presentation providing important historical information to attendees. The event highlighted the importance of amplifying indigenous voices and celebrating the diverse and rich culture of Native American people. Reedley College’s Equity Committee and Land Acknowledgment Workgroup would like to express sincere gratitude to the Choinumni tribal leaders for their guidance, leadership, and wisdom as Reedley College works to build an authentic relationship and allyship with local tribes. We understand that allyship is not a title we give ourselves but rather something that is earned through our actions and commitment. We recognize the Yokuts, specifically the Choinumni, Mono, and Wuckchumni people who have lived and continue to live here as the original stewards of the land on which we now call Reedley College.