Scholars Land Acknowledgment

We, as Cal Poly Scholars, are pursuing higher education at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo as uninvited settlers. We acknowledge that we are complicit in the colonialism of the ancestral lands of the Indigenous People of San Luis Obispo County, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash nation. Our objective is to continuously reflect on the histories of sustained processes that keep settler-colonial relations alive here within the Cal Poly Scholars program, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and other places that we orient with our daily lives. We must use our privilege as students to consider and put anticolonial practices into use. Far beyond this statement, it is critical that we pursue consistent action to support the Indigenous communities that have been harmed for far too long.

Action Items:
  • Follow Cal Poly's Native American & Indigenous Cultural Center on Instagram (@calpolynaicc) to remain up-to-date about NAICC events and workshops 
  • Educate yourself and learn about the Indigenous people surrounding the area you live in
  • Remove harmful stereotypes and Indigenous erasure language from your speech
  • Support Native/Indigenous-owned businesses
  • Donate to causes supporting Indigenous communities
  • Diversify your educational resources
  • Educate yourself on how to talk about Native Nations 
  • Amplify all Native and Indigenous voices, but especially the voices of Native and Indigenous women who are likely to experience multiple forms of violence
  • Become knowledgeable and educate others about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Day
  • Send financial donations to the Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) of San Luis Obispo via mail or through their website
  • Follow Indigenous-led pipeline resistance organizations on social media to stay informed on related news
  • Participate in public demonstrations of support for the Indigenous People of San Luis Obispo County
  • Stop purchasing jewelry, clothing, accessories, or other goods from culturally appropriative brands and instead support Native-owned businesses
  • Acknowledge in day-to-day interactions that we reside on stolen land from the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash nation

To learn more about the original inhabitants of San Luis Obispo County, please go here.

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