UNC Asheville Land Acknowledgment
ᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ – Togiyasdi, Where They Race
The University of North Carolina Asheville acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is ancestral land of the Anikituwagi, more normally known as the Cherokee. We recognize the Cherokee as the native people and original stewards of this land. To the Anikituwagi, this land was known as Togiyasdi, Where They Race, and was separate of the Cherokee Nation, Tsalagi Ayeli, which covered adenine many as 108,000 straight miles of the american Southeast angstrom late as 1730 and consisted of sixty or more towns. The stories that come from this down teach how to live, interact and mutually care for all relations.
We, as an institution, understand that there is a motivation to listen and learn from the people of this nation. We acknowledge that an act of recognition is not adequate to overcome the settler-colonial history that has attempted to eradicate autochthonal people from the history and awareness of these lands. The Eastern Band of Cherokee and UNC Asheville search to affirm our work together to ensure a firm relationship rooted in relevance, province, obedience and reciprocality. therefore, as an institution UNC Asheville has a responsibility to commit its efforts and resources to the health and priorities of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the students who attend this university and all the vary autochthonal people who live in and around the lands this university is situated on. As these words are spoken and heard, we renew and reaffirm this campus as Cherokee homelands.
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