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Madison Metropolitan School District

Crestwood Land Acknowledgement Ceremony

On May 26, 2022, Crestwood had our Land Acknowledgement Ceremony where we acknowledged that the land we occupy and benefit from belongs to the sovereign Ho-Chunk Nation. At Crestwood, part of our identity is a commitment to becoming an antiracist school. The land acknowledgement is one small step for us. We are honored to be among the first schools to take this important step forward. We are confident that this step will become part of an ongoing process to center the Ho Chunk Nation, its history, its people, and its continuing contributions to our shared community within MMSD.

This project, called the Land Acknowledgement Plaque Project, was started by two current MMSD high school students - Isa Saiz (West junior) and Marena Fox Baker (East junior). They both lead their respective school’s Native American Scholar Associations.

MMSD has committed $30,000 per year over the next three years to fund the Project. The Ho-Chunk Nation also supports and has authenticated the Project. Additionally, wording for the plaques has been officially approved by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

This process will take place over three school years, beginning this school year.

It is with great respect that our school acknowledges and celebrates the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the 11 Indigenous First Nations within what is now referred to as the State of Wisconsin. The land you are standing on is the sacred ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk People. Our school will continue to grow and build upon our partnerships with the Ho-Chunk Nation and all First Nations.