The Danger of Social and Political Symbolism in the Advancement of Indigenous Rights by Sherri Mitchell. In this article, Mitchell draws an important distinction between symbolic acts and structural change and refocuses us on the real work: protecting indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and land and water rights.
Honor Native Land: A guide and call for acknowledgement made by the US Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots coalition of organizers that includes native people. It establishes that lack acknowledgement, while important, is only a beginning in larger efforts to decolonize and suggests other steps forward we can take alongside land acknowledgements.
Beyond Territorial Acknowledgements by Chelsea Vowel (a.k.a. âpihtawikosisân), Métis from Alberta, Canada. They argue that in some spaces, land acknowledgements have lost their disruptive power through repetition. They ask readers to go beyond just making a land acknowledgments to learn about what expectations local Indigenous nations have specific for guests, and of hosts.
A guide to indigenous land acknowledgements made by the Native Governance center shares advice collected from a panel of native speakers about how to craft a land acknowledgement. It advises readers not just to acknowledge the original peoples of the land you’re on, but to commit to returning it.