We at Kutandara acknowledge with respect (as non-Native people) that the land on which we stand, live, learn, teach, and perform is the traditional territory of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples. We also recognize the 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.
We honor Elders past, present, and future, and those who have stewarded
this land throughout generations. We also recognize that government, academic institutions, cultural institutions, and our nation, were founded upon and continue to enact exclusions and erasures of Indigenous Peoples.
We intentionally honor and celebrate Indigenous communities and express our gratitude for their ongoing contributions. The Denver/Boulder metropolitan area is historically and currently a major crossroads to Indian Country, and many nonprofits, businesses, and governmental organizations that play a key role in supporting our communities call the metro area home.
May this acknowledgment demonstrate a commitment to working to dismantle ongoing legacies of settler colonialism, oppression, and inequities, and to recognize the hundreds of Indigenous Nations who continue to resist, live, create, and uphold their sacred relations across their lands.
Let us not forget that this land was theirs, long before we made it ours.