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Acknowledgement: As land-grant colleges and universities, we acknowledge with respect, that the lands we are on today are the traditional and ancestral homelands of many Indigenous peoples. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of these lands and all the relatives within them. As these words of acknowledgment are read, spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. As colleges and universities founded as land-grant institutions, we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our history, responsibility, and commitment.

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