Today, October 12, 2020, is Indigenous People’s Day, which honors the culture and legacies of Native American peoples throughout the United States. To mark this day, we offer the following land acknowledgement, written by Native Americans at Phillips Academy (NAPA) and adapted by The Phillipian, vol. CXLIII:
We, as the board of The Phillipian, meet and work on Indigenous land. We acknowledge our presence on the traditional land of the Pennacook Confederacy, Wabanaki Confederacy, and Wampanoag Peoples. We honor the land we occupy and all the Indigenous peoples who were here at the time before and of colonization, are here now, and will be here in the future. We recognize that we are guests on this land and must be mindful of our impact. With this acknowledgement, we are committing to continuously be mindful of the land we are on, and work towards dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.
This land acknowledgement will be available on our website here (www.phillipian.net/about).
The Phillipian, vol. CXLIII
Editor’s Note: This land acknowledgement is not Andover’s official statement. Andover has formed a committee to research and propose an official statement to the Board of Trustees. Please stay tuned for coverage later this week.