Growing number of cities weigh tribal ‘land acknowledgements’

Doreen Garlid, a first-term city councilmember in Tempe, Arizona, pinched her leg under the table to keep from weeping as she read a Jan. 14 resolution into the record. The unusual resolution, popularly known as a land acknowledgement, declared that Tempe sits on traditional O’Odham and Piipaash lands — and celebrates the contributions the two tribes made to the region. “We wish to acknowledge that Tempe is the homeland of the Native people who have inhabited this landscape since time immemorial,” the resolution begins. Garlid, who is Navajo, grew up hearing her grandmother’s stories of being …

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