indian community school land and water acknowledgment

We first acknowledge the land and the water that has become home to Indian Community School.  We acknowledge all of the caretakers of this land:

  • those who were removed or erased from their traditional homelands here; including the Mesquaki, Sauk and Fox, Dakota Oyáte, Ioway, Miami, Kickapoo and Mascouten; and the Nations whose names we will never know;
  • those who most recently lived here as a nation: the Bodwe’wadmi (Keepers of the Fire), who reside here as part of the Three Fires Confederacy and are known today as the Potawatomi;
  • those whose creation stories took place in neighboring lands and who have called this territory “home” for as far back as can be remembered:  the Ho-Chungra (People of the Sacred Voice), today known as the Ho-Chunk and the Mamaceqtawak (The People), known today as the Menominee;
  • the most recent caretakers, the students, staff and board of the Indian Community School.
  • We also acknowledge those who represent the Tribal Nations of what is now Wisconsin:
    Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa Community – Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Saint Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, Brothertown Indian Nation and all of the Tribal Nations outside of Wisconsin’s borders, whose tribal members and descendants are represented by our students, staff and community.

 And we acknowledge the faces of the ancestors yet to come.

about our
land and water

In reflection of the last 50 years and to prepare for the next 50 to come, the ICS Board developed and approved the ICS Land and Water Acknowledgment statement, recognizing our connection to the land, water, our ancestors and the other caregivers who came before us.  As a living memorial, this statement respects our students and our Native community by recognizing where we came from, affirming who we are today and our hopes for future generations. In addition, our new Land and Water Acknowledgment allows us to further an understanding with others outside of our culture, who wish to learn about the true history of our people.

For us, our home extends beyond the stone and mortar that make up the physical structure of our school. With that in mind, our school was designed to “bring the outside in,” making the two environments optimal for student learning. Our outdoor classrooms complement those indoors, as we strive to include land-based education, connections to Mother Earth and to our water,  fresh air and exercise for our students.

You’ll hear our Land and Water Acknowledgment read aloud at ICS gatherings, celebrations and school programming.  You will also see it used in many of our printed materials, posted on our website and shared through our social media.