Land Acknowledgement

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 from time immemorial to this land on which we now gather.

The text above is not an official MIT land acknowledgement statement. Shortly after the statement’s publication in 2020, the Institute became aware of ongoing discussions between local Indigenous Nations about historical land relationships in what is now known as Cambridge and the surrounding area. In fall 2022, a working group of students, staff, and faculty considered, and ultimately advised against, an official land acknowledgement statement. The working group suggested that MIT first take meaningful action and commit to strengthening its relationships with its Indigenous community and with leaders of local Indigenous Nations—including the Massachusett and Wampanoag—and Nations more broadly, including those affected by the Morrill Acts. MIT is committed to this work. 

MIT offices and community groups may continue to refer to this statement. However, we encourage colleagues and students to express their own commitments to relationship building centered on understanding, respect, responsibility, and representation with Indigenous people, communities, and Nations. For further information, please contact