High Meadow School is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Munsee Lenape people, who are indigenous to this region. We acknowledge the painful history of land dispossession in our area and the effects that it had on the Munsee Lenape people. We will seek to educate our students on the rich history of this region that includes thousands of years of the Munsee Lenape story. We acknowledge and are thankful to Munsee Lenape ancestors past and present for being stewards of this land and honor today’s Lenape communities, including those who belong to the Delaware Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma; the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Delaware of Six Nations in Ontario.
What is a Land Acknowledgment?
A land acknowledgment is a statement that recognizes the Indigenous peoples who are the original stewards of the land on which we now live. Land acknowledgments are a necessary first step in preventing indigenous erasure from a place and honoring the original occupants of the land we are on now.
Here are a few quick resources to help you engage further with the impact that the Munsee Lenape had and continue to have on our region:
- Search your address on the Native Land Digital Map to find out about what ancestral indigenous land your home sits on.
- Read the Long Journey Home, the story of the return of Papscanee Island to the Stockbridge-Munsee community that culminated this past May.
- Support the work of the Lenape Center in New York City.