CLEAN Indigenous Acknowledgement

CLEAN recognizes the importance of honoring the historic relationship Indigenous people established with the land prior to colonization. We gratefully acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples on whose ancestral homelands we gather, as well as the diverse and vibrant Indigenous communities still connected to this land. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced assimilation the inhabitants of Turtle Island have faced as well as the future injustice frontline communities face from climate change. We respect the cultural resilience and Tribal sovereignty of Indigenous communities and stand with them against injustice.

CLEAN has been working to incorporate climate education resources with cultural competency into the collection. We especially hope educators will use the Living Landscapes culturally relevant resources for climate literacy.

Many CLEAN partner organizations have developed their own land acknowledgements in coordination with the local Tribes and Indigenous communities in which their organizations are based, including the University of Colorado, where CLEAN is hosted. You can find more information about land acknowledgement and ancestral homelands at