ACA Land Acknowledgement
Arlington Center for the Arts would like to acknowledge and honor the stolen ancestral land of the Massachusett Tribe on which our organization is located. We understand the longstanding history that brought us to inhabit this space today. Like countless other Indigenous peoples affected by colonization, the Massachusett people were and continue to be displaced by settlers on this land. We recognize the violent history of genocide and forced removal of Indigenous peoples across these lands. Simultaneously, we understand how these events directly perpetuate today’s systemic and cultural injustices. Today, Indigenous Peoples throughout Massachusetts continue to celebrate their heritage, empower generations of Native Americans, generously share their artistry and culture with the broader community, and advance public knowledge and awareness of their history, traditions, and current social issues.
We understand that this land acknowledgement is a small step towards building a stronger community of awareness, respect, and accountability, but does not sufficiently account for the injustices and violence inflicted on our Indigenous community members. We commit to a lifetime of learning, honoring and reconciling the legacies and experiences of Indigenous Peoples and their communities.
As a community, we would like to encourage our supporters to practice land acknowledgment and to honor the land and celebrate the strength of Indigenous peoples. Furthermore, we advise our community members to:
Learn about Indigenous histories, contemporary cultural events and issues, people and organizations.
Support Indegenous organizations by donating time and/or money.
Support Indigenous-led, grassroots movements and campaigns advocating for change and land return.
Build authentic relationships with Indigenous Peoples