In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, The University of Toledo will celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples throughout November.
The University recently updated its Land Acknowledgement Statement, which is a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous peoples as the traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories.
“The University of Toledo acknowledges that the region of Ohio in which the University sits is the ancestral homelands of the Seneca, Erie and Odawa, as well as places of trade for Indigenous peoples, including the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa, Pottawatomi), Kilatika, Lenape, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Miami, Munsee, Peoria, Piankashaw, Shawnee, Wea and Wyandot,” the statement reads.
“As a steward of public lands, it is our responsibility to understand the history of the land, the peoples who came before us and their continuing ties to this place. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.”
The University encourages members of the campus community to use this statement, as appropriate.
Throughout Native American Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will share resources to better understand and honor the legacy of Indigenous peoples across our region.
A Dialogue on Diversity virtual event will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, focused on the impact and use of Land Acknowledgment Statements.
A new website with the University’s Land Acknowledgement Statement also includes a resource section with articles, books and organizations focused on the history, culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
Other Native American Heritage Month events include:
• Monday, Nov. 8 — The Office of Multicultural Student Success’ 12:30 p.m. screening of the award-winning documentary “ ‘Rumble’ The Indians Who Rocked The World” at Thompson Student Union Room 2500
• Tuesday, Nov. 9 — Family Meal hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 6 p.m. at Thompson Student Union Room 2500
• Monday, Nov. 22 — Family Meal: Native American Day of Remembrance hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success at noon at Thompson Student Union Room 2500
For more information on Native American Heritage Month’s campus activities, visit the celebration’s Invonet site.
And for more resources on Native American Heritage Month, visit the Office of Multicultural Student Success site devoted to History and Heritage Months.