Land Acknowledgement

In fall 2019, members of the MIT Indigenous community, including students, staff, visiting scholars, and alumni, as well as officials from local tribal organizations and staff from the ICEO and the Office of Intercultural Engagement, undertook a project of drafting a land acknowledgement statement for MIT. The group completed the project and posted the following text on the ICEO website in March 2020: 

“MIT acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of the land, and the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. The land on which we sit is the traditional unceded territory of the Wampanoag Nation. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced occupation of their territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse indigenous people connected to this land on which we gather from time immemorial.”

Based on feedback MIT has received since this statement was released, including disagreements among Native American tribes regarding historical land claims in Cambridge and surrounding areas, the Institute is initiating a formal process to develop a new statement. This statement will build on the initial work and further engage with subject-area experts and other stakeholders.
 
For more information on this acknowledgement and the effort to develop and adopt a formal MIT land acknowledgement statement, please contact iceo@mit.edu.