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Campus Library Land Acknowledgment

Full Land Acknowledgment

ʔi čəxʷ, haʔɬ sšudubicid. <Hello, it’s good to see you.>
ʔi, syaʔyaʔ. <Hello friend.>

The University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library occupies Land that has been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. Specifically, this campus is located on Sammamish Land from which settler colonists forcibly removed Coast Salish Peoples to reservations in the mid-19th century. Today, descendants of the Sammamish are members of several Coast Salish communities.* Campus Library workers want to honor these Native communities and their Elders in particular.

Note: This Land Acknowledgment is published here for use by Campus Library community members. It’s our understanding that Land Acknowledgments are traditionally spoken or read aloud at the beginning of gatherings.

*Sammamish descendants' local tribes' Coast Salish names and pronunciations

dxʷdəwʔabš (audio): Duwamish, “people of the inside”
dxʷsəq̓ʷəb (audio): Suquamish, “place of the clear salt water”
sdukʷalbixʷ (audio): Snoqualmie, “people of the moon” or “moon”
dxʷlilap (audio): Tulalip, “small-mouthed bay”

Commitments Overview

This acknowledgment is part of the Campus Library’s commitment to decolonizing libraries, through repudiation of the discovery doctrine, recognition of settler responsibility, and ongoing education. We seek to empower Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community. We advocate for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems, educational practices, and research methodologies within contemporary library practice.