This survey aims to expand the conversation around how Land Acknowledgements are formed, who they serve, and what they can lead to. This survey is for anyone who has encountered, created, developed, contributed or experienced a land acknowledgement. The survey is in the format of a google publicly accessible form. Our goal is to collect Land Acknowledgements from around the United States and to get a sense of the work that is going on to acknowledge and address Indigenous presence on these lands and waters. This resource works to distribute and challenge authority by inviting collective participation. We encourage all audiences to fill out the survey and provide reflections on any existing Land Acknowledgement in the US. No identifying information will be solicited or published without express permission. In the spirit of collaboration and transparency, the results of the public survey have been collated into this spreadsheet so that all the Land Acknowledgements can be seen side by side. This helps build a better understanding of what Land Acknowledgements currently exist, how they are being used, how they can be a force of activation to move beyond rhetoric to action.
A Note on U.S. Specificity: Canada, Australia and Aotearoa all have Land Acknowledgment practices that are significant and that have been developed over the last few decades. By comparison, Land Acknowledgements by US settler institutions and organizations have a much more recent history. This survey is designed to focus on and create a dialogue around this emerging practice in what is currently known as the United States.