Resources for educators
The following following .PDF document is a resource list for teachers and educators. This list is by no means comprehensive and is always being updated. For an updated version of this bibliography, make sure to keep checking back. If there are any resource materials that you would like to see added to this list, please contact me with your information here.
What is a Land Acknowledgement?
An acknowledgment, sometimes called, land acknowledgements or land recognitions,are a formal statement, given orally at the beginning of organized events, celebrations, oractivities. It recognizes, respects, and affirms that there is an irreducible and ongoing relationship between Indigenous people and the land. Acknowledgements are especially important in contemporary nation-states, like the United States and Canada, in which the political structures are based on settler-colonialism and the expropriation of lands from Indigenous peoples. Statements of acknowledgment, land acknowledgements, or landrecognitions serve to illuminate ongoing Indigenous presence, as well as to recognize and counter the long standing negative effects of colonialism and the settler-colonial legacy of violence and land expropriation.
To learn how your school or organization can benefit from adopting a land acknowledgment, download a copy of Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territories: A Montcalm Community College Acknowledgement Guide here. Inside you will find a host of resources to help you and/or your organization adopt the most appropriate land acknowledgement for your needs.
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million people annually.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries.
The Ziibiwing Center covers a wide range of educational subjects that assist students, teachers, and the general public in learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the Great Lakes Anishinabek.
Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores.
Since opening in 2003, the AIRC has offered academic programming for American Indian reservations and American Indian organizations throughout Minnesota. Because Bemidji State University is located between the three largest American Indian reservations in the State of Minnesota (Leech Lake is 15 miles south, Red Lake is 30 miles north, and White Earth is 50 miles west of Bemidji), they have access to a large number of fluent speakers, spiritual leaders, Indian educators, and cultural offerings that are all within a reasonable distance to the university. The AIRC is also home to the first Indian Studies program in Minnesota and the first collegiate Ojibwe language program in the world.