We want to acknowledge that we are standing on and benefiting from land that has been seized, expropriated, and stolen from Indigenous peoples. For thousands of years, this has been Pocumtuck land. This is still the homelands of the Pocumtuck, Norwottock, Woronoco, Agawam, Nipmuck, and Abenaki. These Native peoples and their descendants are still living here among us. Every time we gather here we must acknowledge and respect that fact.
With appreciation to the Nolumbeka Project (https://nolumbekaproject.org/) for sharing this understanding with us.