We live on stolen land.
“Washington, DC, sits on the ancestral lands of the Nacotchtank (or Anacostans), and neighbors the ancestral lands of the Piscataway and Pamunkey peoples.
The District of Columbia shares borders with Maryland and Virginia, and connects with lands along the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. These river systems and current national parks are where the Piscataway, Pamunkey, the Nentego (Nanichoke), Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan, and the Powhatan cultures thrived.” -ARL.org
I recognize the history of genocide and continued violations of territory, sovereignty, and water that have been enacted on the original inhabitants of this land. I honor and respect the citizens of these nations who continue to live here today, and we extend that honor and respect to all indigenous peoples and their ancestors. I affirm that this acknowledgement is insufficient, as harm continues to be perpetrated against all indigenous people.