Land Acknowledgement

Land History

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE DES MOINES Y CAMP IS LOCATED ON THE ANCESTRAL AND TRADITIONAL LANDS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WHO STEWARDED AND INHABITED THEM FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
IN PARTICULAR WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE BAXOJE (IOWAY) AND OCETI SAKOWIN NATIONS, AS WELL AS, MORE RECENTLY, THE MESKWAKI, SAUK/SAC AND FOX NATIONS, FROM WHOM THIS LAND WAS OBTAINED IN THE TREATY OF 1842.
WE WISH TO RECOGNIZE OUR OBLIGATIONS TO THIS LAND AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK CARE OF IT, AS WELL AS TO THE 17,000 NATIVE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN IOWA TODAY.

Meskwaki Tribe: https://www.meskwaki.org/

Sac/Sauk & Fox Tribe: https://www.sacandfoxks.com/

Ioway Tribe: https://iowatribeofkansasandnebraska.com/

Oceti Sakowin: http://aktalakota.stjo.org/

First Nations Development Institute: https://www.firstnations.org/

Educational Resources:

https://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Treaties/TreatyWithTheSaukAndFoxes1842.html

https://www.iowadatacenter.org/Publications/aian2020.pdf

https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/plains-belonging-nation/oceti-sakowin

https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/na

First Nations Maps: https://native-land.ca/

Indigenous Women Resource Center: https://www.niwrc.org/

Sioux YMCA: https://www.siouxymca.org/