It is within our collective responsibility as an organization to disseminate knowledge about Native peoples and our organization’s history with them. Consistent with Teach For America’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we acknowledge the land on which we stand as indigenous.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Colorado included: The Apache nation, Arapaho nation, Cheyenne nation, Pueblo tribes, Shoshone tribe, Ute nation, and other native tribes whose territory sometimes extended into Colorado included: The Comanche tribe, Kiowa tribe, and Navajo tribe. There are two federally recognized native tribes in Colorado today: Southern Ute Tribe & Ute Mountain Ute Tribe among other indigenous peoples impacted by genocide, stolen land, and assimilation tactics.
Because we are all joining this space virtually, each of us are on the traditional territory of Indigenous people. Please take a moment to access this Native Land
map to identify and acknowledge the traditional inhabitants of the land you are on. In addition, access the link above to understand the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. And, please join us in uncovering such truths at any and all public events.