Recognizing the Land

The University of Nebraska is a public, land-grant institution with campuses and programs across the State that reside on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Oto-Missouria, Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Kaw Peoples, as well as the relocated Ho Chunk (Winnebago), Iowa, and Sac and Fox Peoples.*

As a land-grant institution, we strive to connect the land, knowledge, and access. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. We are standing on the ancestral lands of the First Peoples who occupied this area we now call Nebraska. We pay respects to Native elders past and present.

Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.

This knowledge allows us to better understand that our opportunity to impact the State of Nebraska and beyond and occupy these lands is a result of a history of Native and Indigenous peoples’ experience of displacement, violence, settlement, and survival—which continues to inform our present and future. – Vice Chancellor Marco Barker

Additional Resources

Native American Coalition

The Institute for Ethnic Studies

Native American Studies

Great Plains Fellows: Native American and Ethnic Studies

Native American Projects

Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

Land-Grab Universities

Pawnee Nation

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Otoe Missouria Tribe

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

The Kaw Nation: People of the Southwind

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri: In Kansas and Nebraska

* Information for this statement courtesy of Dr. Margaret Huettl.