Land Acknowledgment

What is a Land Acknowledgment? 

According to the National Museum of the American Indian, "Land acknowledgment is a traditional custom that dates back centuries in many Native nations and communities. Today, land acknowledgments are used by Native Peoples and non-Natives to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live."

Cultivating Capacity is physically located in Frederick, Maryland, on land that is sacred to a number of Indigenous Peoples, including but not limited to Tribes, Nations, and Peoples of the Iroquois, Tuscarora, and Piscataway.

As a descendant of the Mvskoke (Muscogee) Creek Nation and European settlers, I first thank the Indigenous Peoples who stewarded these lands for generations and pay respect to their Elders: past, present, and future. I also acknowledge that I occupy and participate in exploitation of land that is not native to me or most of my ancestors. 

As result of this ancestry, and as the sole proprietor of Cultivating Capacity, I advocate for LANDBACK and Indigenous Sovereignty.

I invite my fellow travelers in the mental health community to decolonize our ways of being and operating in the lands where we live, work, and play and to collectively dismantle colonial systems, including the field and practice of psychotherapy and the study of neuroscience.

May we, as a community, consider our roles in the liberation and restoration of land, language, ceremony, education, housing, healthcare, governance, and culture for Indigenous Peoples in the United States of America and globally.

This land acknowledgment was written using the Native Governance Center's Guide to Land Acknowledgment.