Land Acknowledgment

I acknowledge with respect that I reside and work on the ancestral and traditional homelands of the Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida, the only Tribe in America that did not sign a peace treaty. I acknowledge and honor the federally recognized Seminole Tribe and their ancestors, who were stewards of this land going back 12,000 years. I recognize the Ais, Timucua, Apalachee, Tequesta, Tocobaga, Calusa, Matecumbe, and all of Florida’s ancestral tribes. I also recognize the Indigenous individuals and communities who were forcibly removed from their homeland, such as the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, as well as the many Native groups that call Florida home today, including the federally recognized Miccosukee Tribe. I acknowledge the painful history of genocide and the ongoing impact of settler colonial violence and dispossession. I encourage everyone to learn and educate others on Indigenous history and experiences, and to take action to end the continuing effects of settler colonialism. In offering this land acknowledgement, I affirm Indigenous sovereignty and I commit to supporting Indigenous communities and being a better steward of the land I inhabit.