William & Mary acknowledges the Indigenous peoples who are the original inhabitants of the lands our campus is on today – the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway), Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Nottoway, Pamunkey, Patawomeck, Upper Mattaponi, and Rappahannock tribes – and pay our respect to their tribal members past and present.
For more information or to hear the reading of the Land Acknowledgement, please visit the American Indian Resource Center.
It is recommended the following practices be implemented when using the statement:
- For Faculty, Staff & Students events: read and show the statement at the beginning of any major and/or special event and program.
- Faculty Syllabi and Classes: include the Land Acknowledgment in course syllabi; we recommend that the statement be read to students at the beginning of the semester.
Following these guidelines is important for events featuring guests outside of William & Mary, as they may not be informed or acquainted with the statement.