UNM Land Acknowledgement

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo of Sandia. The original peoples of New Mexico – Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache – since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who remain stewards of this land throughout the generations and also acknowledge our committed relationship to Indigenous peoples. We gratefully recognize our history.  


The official Indigeneous Land and Territory Acknowledgement began in early Spring 2018 as a way for UNM to recognize and show respect for the traditional lands occupied held by the Indigenous Peoples in New Mexico. Following further development from the Native American faculty group, a white paper was developed and included a suggested acknowledgement. The official Indigeneous Land and Territory Acknowledgement was vetted by the UNM Diversity Council, under the direction of President Garnett Stokes, and approved as the official statement on behalf of the university to be used at the beginning of a meeting or public gathering whenre the acknowledgement can be given.


University of New Mexico Indigenous Peoples Land and Territory Acknowledgement White Paper


Article: A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement