Honoring Native Lands and Peoples

Honoring Native Lands and Peoples

Learn more about our commitment to honoring and upholding tribal rights and cultural lifeways through our resources on land acknowledgment and taking action beyond acknowledgment.

Native stories are largely missing from both historical and contemporary narratives of The Mountaineers and our legacy - something we are still grappling with today. One small way that we can begin to recognize and reflect on the fact that we are on Native land is through the process of land acknowledgment. Land acknowledgments recognize and respect Native peoples’ historical and ongoing stewardship of and connection to the land. They can be a first step toward repairing the harm and trauma historically endured by Native peoples.

Land acknowledgments are especially important for an outdoor organization like The Mountaineers, as our programs, courses, and trips occur on land taken from Native peoples. Our organizational land acknowledgment statement is meant to serve as a starting place for our community to shape their own personal acknowledgment. 

Read on for educational resources that explore how we can develop deeper connections to the histories of our natural places, including pieces created in partnership with Sacred Lands Conservancy, an Indigenous-led nonprofit with strong ties to the Lummi Nation. For even more resources, visit our virtual education center. Thank you for being on this important journey of learning with us.

We Are All Treaty People: Part II

We Are All Treaty People: Part II

In this second part of a two-part blog series on tribal treaties of the Pacific Northwest, our partners at Sacred Lands Conservancy share how tribal treaties are interpreted, how they affect our lives today, and how we can all work to respect and uphold our collective treaty obligations. We are all treaty people, and we offer this piece as a resource to support our community’s efforts to learn about, respect, and honor the rights and connections of Native peoples to the lands we love.

We Are All Treaty People: Part I

We Are All Treaty People: Part I

In this first part of a two-part blog series on regional tribal treaties, our partners at the Sacred Lands Conservancy share important history and context pertaining to the treaties that allow us to live, work, and recreate on the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. We are all treaty people, and we offer this piece as a resource to support our community’s efforts to learn about, respect, and honor the rights and connections of Native peoples to the lands we love.

Walking the Walk: Action Beyond Land Acknowledgement

Walking the Walk: Action Beyond Land Acknowledgement

In this feature from Mountaineer magazine, guest contributor Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley and Sacred Lands Conservancy share how we can all take action beyond acknowledgment, including by practicing gratitude, generosity, and humility while recreating on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples.

This Land: An Indigenous Perspective on Land Acknowledgment

This Land: An Indigenous Perspective on Land Acknowledgment

We’re partnering with the Sacred Lands Conservancy, an Indigenous-led nonprofit with strong ties to the Lummi Nation, on a series of educational pieces about how to develop deeper connections to the histories of our natural places. In this first installment of a three-part blog series, Lhaq’temish fisherwoman and enrolled Lummi Nation tribal member, Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley, unpacks the practice of land acknowledgment and how you can acknowledge the land in a meaningful and impactful way.

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments

Last month, we announced The Mountaineers Native land acknowledgment statement. Land acknowledgment is only a first step: read on for more information about how The Mountaineers seeks to honor Native land and peoples.

Announcing The Mountaineers Land Acknowledgment Statement

Announcing The Mountaineers Land Acknowledgment Statement

Land acknowledgments are a first step towards better honoring Native lands and peoples. Learn about our process of developing The Mountaineers land acknowledgment statement, and our commitment to showing respect, appreciation, and support for Native communities.