Indigenous Peoples' Land and Territory 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.  

Developed by the Special Assistant for American Indian Affairs to the UNM President in consultation with the Native American Faculty Council. Approved and adopted by President Garnett S. Stokes, February 2020. 

Land Acknowledgment Brown Paper [PDF]

Land Acknowledgement White Paper [PDF] 

Indigenous Peoples' Land and Territory Acknowledgement Graphic [PNG]

Indigenous People's Land and Territory Acknowledgement Graphic - Spanish [PNG]

Territory Acknowledgement

A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We gratefully recognize the authors of the White Paper and the Land Acknowledgement:

  • Dr. Lorenda Belone, Health Exercise & Sports Science
  • Dr. Jennifer Denetdale, American Studies
  • Dr. Kimberly Huyser, Sociology
  • Dr. Lloyd Lee, Native American Studies
  • Dr. Tiffany Lee, Native American Studies
  • Dr. Glenabah Martinez, Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies
  • Dr. Robin Minthorn, ED LEAD & Native American Studies
  • Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie, Native American Studies