Land Acknowledgement Statement – UICOMP

Whereas the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria rests on the land that was the traditional birthright of indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed and who have faced two centuries of struggle for survival and identity in the wake of dispossession, let us acknowledge the ground on which we stand so that all who come here know that we recognize our responsibilities to the native peoples of this land and that we strive to address that history so that it guides our work in the present and the future.

We recognize that the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria carries out its mission in Peoria, Illinois, on the ancestral lands of the Peoria Nation, descendants of the Algonquins. We have a responsibility to acknowledge this Native Nation and to work with them as we move forward as a vibrant, inclusive institution.

As a subsidiary campus of the University of Illinois Chicago and as a member of the University of Illinois System, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria further honors and acknowledges the indigenous peoples who occupied the lands upon which our governing institutions now occupy:

The University of Illinois System – with its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield – rests on the land of multiple native nations, including Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine, whose core campus is located at the University of Illinois Chicago, acknowledges the Tribal Nations of the Chicagoland area, including the Three Fires Confederacy, Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwe Nations, as well as other Tribal Nations that know this area as their ancestral homeland, including the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Peoria, and Sac and Fox.

We further recognize our responsibility to acknowledge each of these Native Nations and to work with them as we move forward as a vibrant, inclusive institution.