We inhabit, study, and work in the land of the Peoria, Miami, Kickapoo, and Potawatomi Nations. These lands were the home of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal and relocation. These lands continue to be embedded with the rich histories and struggles for survival of each nation.
UChicago does not exist independently from centuries of forced labor and economic extraction from enslaved African Americans. In 1857, Stephen A. Douglas donated 10 acres of land (valued today at approximately $1.2 million) for the initial construction of the University of Chicago. Though most of history remembers Douglas for his political career, the humans that he owned and amassed his fortune from have a starkly different recollection.
Written by Symphony Fletcher (Pritzker School of Medicine M.D. Candidate 2024) for "UC Juneteenth 2021: Reparations Panel"
"Land acknowledgment statements are based on the protocols used by Indigenous communities, and yet in the contemporary context, many of the statements used by non-Indigenous institutions are speech acts that fail. If the goal is reconciliation, then the context of these statements must change in order for these statements to function successfully. Decolonial allies should be aware of these worries and ensure that this practice is not merely appropriated in order to alleviate settler colonial guilt."
Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, "Relations and How Decolonial Allies Acknowledge Land," Native American and Indigenous Philosophy 20.1 (12-16).