Native American Initiatives

What is a Land Acknowledgement and how should it be used?

A Land Acknowledgement is a statement to show respect and recognition to the Indigenous People of our community. It is a reminder for all of us, regardless of our identity, to understand our place within the history of this land.  

NDSU Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that we gather at NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region.

How do we use our Land Acknowledgement?

Our Land Acknowledgement may be shared before gatherings, events, or ceremonies and may be included on printed material such as courses syllabi.  

All faculty, staff and student groups are welcome to use our Land Acknowledgement when deemed appropriate.

It should be spoken or written in full, and should not be shortened or otherwise altered.


Anishinaabe      ä-ni-shi-ˈnȯ-bā    

Dakota    də-ˈkō-tə   

Lakota    lə-ˈkō-tə   

Nakoda    nä-kō-da   

Oceti Sakowin    Oh-che-tee Shaw-ko-ween    

Development of the Land Acknowledgement

A group of Indigenous faculty, staff and students and their allies developed the Land Acknowledgement. The group sought significant feedback from Indigenous people on campus and in the surrounding community. The group consulted the Fargo-Moorhead Native American Commission for feedback on at least two occasions. The statement was finalized in November of 2020 by a committee appointed by President Bresciani.

Grandmother Earth’s Gifts of Life Garden

A new home for NDSU’s Grandmother Earth’s Gifts of Life Garden was dedicated on October 12, 2020. Plans are in progress for the development of the new garden which will be located near the Memorial Wall on the southwest side of campus just before the 12th Avenue bridge. The garden is open and available to Indigenous Peoples and the campus community as a whole and honors and connects campus to Indigenous cultures.

New Beginnings: Making Good: Delivering Educational Equity for and with Indigenous Tribal Students and Communities

The goal of this initiative, funded in fall of 2020, through a United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture New Beginnings grant is to create an institutional framework that will not only offer Tribal students the opportunities of higher education, but provide a holistic support system to ensure their success.

Project Director:
Canan Bilen-Green, Vice Provost for Faculty and Equity

Co-Project Directors:
Jaclynn Davis Wallette, Director of Multicultural Programs
Charles Stoltenow, Assistant Director/Program Leader Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ramona Danielson, Assistant Professor of Public Health
Kelly Sassi, Professor of English

Team members:
Laura Oster-Aaland,Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Lynette Flage, Associate Director Extension
Heather Keeler, Admission
Julie Nash, Faculty Affairs and Equity
Jan Stankiewicz, Extension Specialist and Tribal Liaison

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