The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is joining a growing practice of acknowledging the homelands of Native Nations in our region in order to help educate ourselves, raise awareness in our community, and correct a whitewashed version of history that elevates colonialism, while making past and present injustices against, as well as the labor and resilience of Indigenous Peoples largely invisible. We also wish to offer recognition and respect to American Indians as past, present and future caretakers of the land we now inhabit together.
The physical location of Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (“38° 55′ 41” North by 94° 38′ 53” West) resides on land now called Leawood, KS. We humbly acknowledge that this is land seized from Kaw (Kansa), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Osage, and Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee SHAW-koh-we] people. Through this recognition, may we and others have greater awareness of the causes and effects of greed and insatiability, and the harm – particularly to Indigenous people and their land – that these cause. We offer deep gratitude for the ancestors and keepers of this land. We hope to honor all they have taught and continue to teach us about creating peaceful and mindful ways of living in harmony with Mother Earth and it’s inhabitants.
Join us Saturday March 27, 2021 from 10-11 am via Zoom for a Gratitude and Generosity Practice in support of the Kansas City Indian Center, celebrating 50 years of service in the Kansas City metro – read more and register here.
Resources for Learning and Action
- Invasion of America Map by eHistory
- Kansas City Indian Center https://kcindiancenter.org/
- Kansas Kickapoo Tribe https://www.ktik-nsn.gov/
- Kaw Nation https://kawnation.com/
- Wyandotte Nation http://www.wyandotte-nation.org/
- National Congress of American Indians https://www.ncai.org/
- Native Governance Center https://nativegov.org/
- Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings & Standards
- One Word Cut – Thanksgiving (video)
- Treaties with the Osage from Kansapedia
- Platte Purchase from Wikipedia
- American Indian Treaties from Native American Heritage
- Are you planning to do a Land Acknowledgement? from American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)
- Honor Native Land (video) from U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
- The Indigenous Digital Archive Treaties Explorer https://digitreaties.org/
- Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the National Archives
- Southern Plains Tribal Health Board https://www.spthb.org/