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Golden Valley Minnesota - City Council Approves Land Acknowledgement Statement 24 May 2022 ( news )
Golden Valley , state Minnesota ( By Press Release office)
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At its May 17 meeting , the Golden Valley City Council approved language for a City Land Acknowledgment Statement , developed by the City ' s Diversity , Equity , and Inclusion Commission . The purpose of the statement
is to engage community members in conversations about land and indigenous ancestry and provide information and resources .
What is the indigenous history of the land Golden Valley occupies? The City ' s Land Acknowledgment Statement recognizes that the history of our city started before any settlers came to live here , the decimation and trauma the Native American civilization experienced with the arrival of the Europeans that settled America , and the need to uplift cultural differences within the community .
To achieve this , the DEIC plans to coordinate programs and events that highlight the City ' s indigenous population and culture . Watch for more information on the City website and in upcoming publications .
Land Acknowledgment Statement
We acknowledge and honor the Dakota Peoples , on whose ancestral lands the City of Golden Valley is built , and whose land resources we use .
We reflect on the forced exile and the sanctioned dispossession of the Dakota Peoples , due to actions by the government , traders , and land speculators , leading to the Land Cession 289 and the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux . We further recognize the injustices done by actions taken to suppress , over the following many decades , the Dakota Peoples ' knowledge and observance of their cultural and spiritual heritage .
We further acknowledge , honor , and respect their continuing existence as part of the four Federally - recognized and sovereign Dakota bands who live among us here in Minnesota today .
We hold ourselves accountable to recognize and counter the historical and contemporary injustices that continue to impact Indigenous people . We plan to do this by counteracting the erasure of the cultural practices and presence of the Dakota Peoples through education and by amplifying a wide range of indigenous voices .
For more information , visit the
Land Acknowledgement page on the City website
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