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MSU Denver honors the indigenous peoples and lands of Auraria and the greater Denver area.

As we gather here today, we honor and acknowledge that we are in the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe nations. This area was also the place of trading, hunting, gathering and healing for many other indigenous nations: the Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and others.

We recognize the indigenous peoples as the original stewards of land, water, plants and animals who called this place home. When these words of appreciation are spoken and heard, these nations’ links with their traditional homelands will be renewed and affirmed. Let us also acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced evictions from this area. We respect the many different indigenous peoples who are still connected to this land where we meet. We pay our respects to them and thank all the tribal peoples and the ancestors of this place.

We would also like to acknowledge the Auraria community and families who were displaced by creating this campus for MSU Denver to have a place that we now call our home.