The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Knight ADRC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Osage Nation, Missouria, Illinois Confederacy and many other tribes as the custodians of the land where we reside, occupy, and call home. We recognize their sovereignty was never ceded after unjust removal and encourage your own research on tribal removal, tribal sovereignty and the history of the land you reside. We promote the inclusion of tribal history and the incorporation of contemporary thoughts and actions into your work. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm and support Tribal sovereignty, history and experiences by elders past, present, and seven generations yet to come through their continued connection to this land.
Why we do land acknowledgements
Land Acknowledgements honor a place’s Indigenous people – past and present – and recognize the history that brought us to where we are today. They are typically offered at the beginning of public events or meetings and presented by local Indigenous people, but more commonly by event or meeting organizers.
- “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement” by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. https://usdac.us/nativeland
- “A guide to Indigenous land acknowledgment” by the Native Governance Center. https://nativegov.org/resources
- Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Brown School