Land Acknowledgement Statement

The City of Northfield adopted the following Land Acknowledgment Statement on November 17, 2020:

We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute and other Bands of the Dakota Nation. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.

About land acknowledgement statements


Many books, websites, and museum exhibits document Dakota history, including:

Hocokata Ti | Public Exhibit: Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake

Dakota Wicohan, a non-profit that offers teacher trainings and a 6th grade curriculum

The book Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White

Why Treaties Matter, an exhibit from the Minnesota Humanities Center

Our Home: Native Minnesota, an exhibit from the Minnesota History Center

The Bdote Memory Map website and the Learning in Place: Bdote tour from the Minnesota Humanities Center