WFU Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

Wake Forest University

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

“This statement honors the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. This land served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura (saw-ra), Catawba (ka-tah-buh), Cherokee (chair-o-kee), and Lumbee (lum-bee) in this location and Shakori (shu-kor-ee), Eno (ee-no), Sissipahaw (sis-suh-pa-hah), and Occaneechi (oak-a-nee-chee) in the original campus location. Today Wake Forest continues to be a place of learning and engagement for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff regionally, nationally, and globally.” 

(This statement can be used by all members of the community to open events or gatherings at Wake Forest University or affiliated events.)

To learn more about land acknowledgements, please view the following resources:

U.S. Department of Arts & Culture’s “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement.”

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Resources & Recommendations

Native Land Map

“Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.”  – U.S. Department of Arts & Culture

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