Indigenous, Native & Black Peoples

Indigenous Land and Enslaved Peoples Acknowledgement…” CLICK HERE from James Madison University. Co-written by faculty members who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and by the CFI leadership Team. A healing response to racism and the wounds of the past will require honesty, empathy, and action. This statement starts with honesty.

A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment” – from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, creating opportunities for people to experience and learn about the environment in ways that improve their lives and the health of the planet. CLICK HERE to learn ways to acknowledge the use of Indigenous lands.

  1. The Relevance of Native America to Black History” – Acknowledging and exploring a hidden history of interaction… CLICK HERE from the Field Museum (February 15, 2021)

Acknowledgment of Black Labor” – from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company offers “these acknowledgments with respect and gratitude, along with the intention to spark more awareness, compassion, and empathy for every life in our community.” CLICK HERE to read the full statement

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa” – from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. Kwanzaa is a time of learning, family and celebration. To learn about the Seven Principles, CLICK HERE.

Kent Monkman’s “The Scream: Images that define atrocities” – from the BBC’s Culture and Art History pages, paintings in the Denver Art Museum that capture the anguish and pain experienced by mothers of Canadian tribes as their children were torn from their arms to be assimilated by priests at residential schools across the country between 1880-1990s. CLICK HERE to view life-sized paintings by Canadian Cree artist Kent Monkman and other artists who captured these horrific moments in history. stands for “Equal Justice Initiative” and includes a museum and national memorial for peace and justice located in Montgomery, Alabama, acknowledging the victims of racial terror, lynchings, and other atrocities that impacted the early Black population (slaves) in America. As displayed on their museum website: “Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.” CLICK HERE to view the EJI website and subsequent links to the museum and memorial.