We, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, acknowledge that Texas A&M University (College Station) is situated on the land of multiple Native nations, past and present. These original homelands are the territory of Indigenous peoples who were largely dispossessed and removed. We specifically acknowledge the traditional stewardship of this land by the Tonkawa, Tawakoni, Hueco, Sana, Wichita, and Coahuiltecan peoples. We pledge to support and advocate for the histories, cultures, languages, and territorial rights of historic Indigenous peoples of Texas and those of the Indigenous peoples who live here now. This statement affirms continuous Indigenous presence and rights, acknowledges the ongoing effects of settler colonization, and supports Indigenous struggles for political, legal, and cultural sovereignty.
This statement was developed by the Indigenous Studies Working Group at Texas A&M University. We thank them for their time, research and effort which generously brought these words forward. It is crucial that we acknowledge that this statement and those alike are only one small part of how we can bring awareness to and honor Indigenous presence. It is our responsibility to continue learning, doing, and engaging in meaningful practice.
Learn more about the Native American and Indigenous Student Organization at Texas A&M University. This group of students promotes the unity and cultures of American Indian and Indigenous people throughout the A&M University and Bryan-College Station community.