As part of commitments made in the First UCC Racial Justice Pledge, the church council, at their meeting on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, reviewed and recommended adoption of a Land Acknowledgement Statement. That statement was revised in August 2021 to read as follows:
As a community of faith, we at First UCC Northfield acknowledge that our church was formed on the ancestral homelands of the Wahpekute Band and other bands of the Dakota Nation. Our church began here in 1856 when the Dakota were being forcibly removed from their homelands. With God’s help, we strive to repair ongoing injustices and grow toward right relationships with Indigenous people.
We lament the broken treaties and genocide that happened in the Dakota homeland Mni Sota Maçoke and the unjust legacy that persists. We faithfully commit ourselves to interrupt this legacy as part of our pledge to work toward racial justice. We will continue with acts of healing through our commitment to hear stories of this place and those who have lived here for generations, to learn about Indigenous history, current stories, and public policies that impact Indigenous people, and to take appropriate action to begin repairing the injustices done to Indigenous people.
Watch The Chronicle for more information and dates for further discussion prior to a special congregational meeting, when members will vote on final adoption of the statement.
The Council is grateful for the work done by the Task Force to date. They are: Margit Johnson, current chair, Judy Bond, initial chair, Nancy Carpenter, Barbara Crouter, Dick Crouter, Holly Fischer, Dorothea Hrossowyc, Linda Larson, Jane McWilliams, and Gary Wagenbach.