Form V honors Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Land Acknowledgement Statement
Kelly Privette

On October 11, Form V observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day that honors and celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples in the United States.

The City of Columbus first recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2020, and 2021 marks the first year the day has been officially recognized by the President of the United States.

Form V has been studying the history and cultures from different Native American regions, from the Plains to the Arctic to the Southwest.

During their Week in the Woods this year, Form V also drafted a Land Acknowledgement Statement for CSG's Lower School with the guidance of Lower School faculty member Casey Pritchard. This is a formal statement that recognizes and respects the Indigenous American tribes that were the original inhabitants of the land. 

While in the woods, students discussed what they love about the land, how they benefit from the land, how they are committed to taking care of the land and honoring Native American cultures, and how they can encourage others to take action. The discussions around each of these topics informed the writing process for the working draft of CSG’s Lower School Land Acknowledgement Statement:

Columbus School for Girls’ Lower School would like to acknowledge that we gather on the Indigenous lands of the Hopewell and Adena cultures, and the Shawnee, Miami, Potawatomi, Delaware, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee tribes. Specifically, the school resides on land surrendered in the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 and land in which tribes were forcibly removed in 1830.

The Lower School loves the land because there are things to explore, climb on, and build with. We love to listen to the leaves rustle in the breeze and watch the animals play on the land. We are grateful for the oxygen and natural resources the land provides. We commit to preserving this land by respecting its creatures, planting more trees, and keeping it clean. 

Finally, the Lower School commits to honoring Native American cultures. We will research their history and respect their land. We commit to understanding Native American cultures and fighting stereotypes. 

We encourage others to respect their environment and keep the land clean. We encourage others to also learn about the Native American cultures and traditions of this region.