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“Land acknowledgements “ and teaching Native history are two different things. One is history. And I believe it is taught in most schools, and in fact, part of our curriculum that cannot be excluded. The other is a performative statement that the land you are currently on was once the land of the Lenape, or whomever. Often times, from what I understand, these statements are not researched. It’s not as if Native Americans owned and lived on each and every square inch of our country. Land acknowledgments also ignore how ownership of the land changed over time. Native groups often went to war and displaced each other. So I’m sure many of these so-called land acknowledgment’s are honoring a group that slaughtered the original group and then occupied their land.

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