Marquette adopts land and water acknowledgment created in partnership with Native American Student Association

Marquette University has adopted a land and water acknowledgment to recognize the long history of Native peoples and nations that lived on and stewarded the land and water where the university now resides. Both the written and oral versions of the land and water acknowledgment celebrate the unbroken connection Native people and nations still have to this land and waterways, their traditional territories.

The land and water acknowledgment is available online, along with Frequently Asked Questions and resources. It can be read aloud at the beginning of any event hosted on Marquette’s campus, either in person or virtually.

The land and water acknowledgment was developed over several months of reflection and conversation led by Indigenous student leadership with allied faculty and staff, including Native American Student Association co-advisors, Jacqueline Schram, director of Public affairs and special assistant for Native American affairs, and Dr. Jodi Melamed, associate professor of English.

Marquette’s Council on Native American Affairs was consulted during the development and review process.

Marquette’s land and water acknowledgment has been approved by President Michael R. Lovell, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimo Ah Yun and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.