We honor and recognize that our office sits on the ancestral homelands of the Shawnee and Myaamia people who, along with other indigenous groups were forced to cede the land to the United States under the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. We pay respect to peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in their homelands and throughout the diaspora. We honor the sovereignty of the these tribes and acknowledge that the land we inhabit remains Indigenous land. Acknowledging this connection reminds us of our responsibility to this land where we live and work.
Land acknowledgements have long been common protocol and a sign of respect for indigenous persons traveling outside their own homelands. These acknowledgements are an important first step to combat settler colonialism and other forms of erasure. The statements must also be paired with action that seeks to build or repair relationships with indigenous peoples. We encourage you to take the time to learn more about the pre-colonial history of the land you call home and those who are indigenous to that land.
True North is committed to continuing the process of dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism and indigenous erasure. True North pays a Voluntary Land Tax to the Federally Recognized Shawnee and Myaamia Tribes as a token of respect and to honor the sovereignty of the Shawnee Nation Tribes and the Miami Nation.