Governors State University Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty
Governors State University (GovState) in University Park occupies land that was originally the ancestral homelands of various Native Nations, including the Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Kaskaskia, Peoria, Myaamia (Miami), Očhéthi Šakówin (Sioux), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and many others. As an institution dedicated to education and truth, we acknowledge that this land was unjustly taken from Native inhabitants. The original Native peoples held these lands sacred for thousands of years, and they remain important to Native communities today.
Governors State University resides on land cherished by past, present, and future generations of local Native Peoples. We recognize and respect the many thriving Native communities in the Chicagoland area, home to one of the largest urban Native populations, representing over 175 Tribal Nations. As part of our commitment to honor the land's heritage, Governors State University pledges to honor, respect, and share this Land Acknowledgment statement at all public events hosted by GovState.