The Hi Desert Ranch

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

We acknowledge that the land on which we currently occupy is the ancestral home and unceded territory of the Yuhaviatam/ Maarenga’yam people, commonly referred by their Spanish name “Serrano”, and the Cahuilla people. This land was stolen by Spanish, Mexican, and then American profiteers through acts of forced servitude, genocide, and deceit.

As a land-based business, we acknowledge that we actively benefit from the ongoing system of settler colonialism, which includes the genocide waged against the Serrano people and the theft of their land.

This acknowledgement is a necessary, however small, component of a much larger effort towards collectively building a world where right relationship is possible.

We continually ask ourselves: “What does it mean to occupy and benefit from stolen land? How do we come into right relationship to this land and to its people?

We feel it is our obligation as a guest to this land to listen to Native voices, in the spirit of building ongoing accountable relationship.

The Serrano and Cahuilla people are still here. They continue to act as stewards to the land, as they always have. We are committed to uplifting them and their work.

As a gesture of support, a portion of resources and proceeds of the Hi Desert Ranch goes towards supporting Indigenous resurgence and recovery of their rightful homelands.

ABOUT LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

WHY DO WE RECOGNIZE THE LAND?

To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honouring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history.

Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.

From LSPIRG.org


Although Land Acknowledgements are just starting make their appearance in the United States, they are commonly practiced in places like Canada and New Zealand. Some resources to learn more:

LEARN MORE

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Non-Native voices also provide context, however their words of secondary importance: