The MIT Indigenous Peoples Advocacy Committee (IPAC) in part with MIT's American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and other Native American MIT students have developed the following land acknowledgement statement. We invite you to use this statement when opening MIT community events.
“In exploring and writing about the imagined foundations of a society and a culture, we feel it necessary to acknowledge the very real foundation of our own. We therefore acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of the land where this performance is taking place, and the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. The land that we are performing on today is the traditional unceded territory of the Wampanoag Nation. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse indigenous people connected to this land on which we gather and perform from time immemorial.”