LAND AND SLAVERY ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR BARD COLLEGE IN ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON
Developed in Cooperation with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Bard College faculty, staff, and students
In the spirit of equity, it is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are gathered on sacred homelands of the Munsee Muhheaconneok people, who are the original steward of this land. Today, due to the forced removal, the community resides in northeast Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We honor and pay respect to their ancestors past and present, as well as future generations and we recognize their continuing presence in their homelands. We understand that our acknowledgment requires those of us who are settlers to recognize our own place in and responsibilities towards addressing inequity and that this ongoing and challenging work requires that we commit to real engagement with the Munsee and Mohican communities to build an inclusive and equitable space for all.
The College also acknowledges that its origins are intertwined with slavery, which has shaped the United States and American institutions from the beginning of its history. Recognition and redress of this history are due. As students, teachers, researchers, administrators, staff, and community members, we acknowledge the pervasive legacy of slavery and commit ourselves to the pursuit of equity and restorative justice for the descendants of enslaved people within the Bard community.
This land acknowledgment, adopted in 2020, required establishing and maintaining long-term, and evolving, relationships with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. The Mellon Foundation's 2022 Humanities for All Times grant for “Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck” offers three years of support for developing a land acknowledgment–based curriculum, public-facing Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) programming, and efforts to support the work of emerging NAIS scholars and tribally enrolled artists at Bard.