Land Acknowledgement

Harvard University is situated on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Massachusett tribe. Our university honors the historic Harvard Charter of 1650, which committed our institution to “the education of English and Indian youth of this country.” As a chartered creation of the Massachusetts colonies and Commonwealth, Harvard evolved alongside the persistence of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag Nations. Located near the Charles River, this place has long served as a site of meeting, exchange, and diplomacy among nations, with thousands of contemporary Native American people living in greater Boston and tens of thousands in the state of Massachusetts. As an Interfaculty Initiative at a world-class university situated on these lands, we are dedicated to building vibrant partnerships with Native American communities, promoting innovative scholarship on Native American issues, and cultivating distinguished achievement by Native American students.