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 the following Land Acknowledgement Statement:
Here at First UCC Northfield we stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band and other bands of the Dakota Nation. We honor the people who have lived in harmony with this land down through the generations to the present.
This congregation acknowledges that our church was founded and built where the Wahpekute and other Dakota bands once lived. We have benefitted from the extermination and forced removal of the Dakota from their homeland Mni Sota Makoce.
We acknowledge the ongoing injustices against Indigenous Peoples. We resolve to interrupt this legacy, and will continue with acts of healing through our commitment to hear the stories about this place and those who lived here for generations before us, to learn about Native history, current stories, and public policies, and to take appropriate action to begin repairing the injustices done to Indigenous Peoples locally, statewide, and nationally.
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.
If you are interested in this issue, feel free to contact any of the Task Force members – Judy Bond, Holly Fischer, Dorothea Hrossowyc, Margit Johnson, and Jane McWilliams.