San Diego State University formally recognized that its campus rests on land belonging to the Kumeyaay people with the San Diego State University Kumeyaay Land Acknowledgement, a resolution unanimously passed in the university senate. The document also states the university’s commitment to enroll and retain Kumeyaay students.
Most of southern, central and east San Diego lies on Kumeyaay territory that was never ceded.
“This is our way, as a campus community, of showing both gratitude and appreciation for those to which this land belongs, and also encourages us to broaden our knowledge and awareness of Indigenous and Native peoples,” said Chief Diversity Officer Dr. J. Luke Wood.
The land acknowledgement was an initiative of the American Indian studies department, written by Michael Connolly Miskwish, a Kumeyaay assistant professor.
In conjunction with the land acknowledgement, the university is also planning to introduce a Native American Academic Resources Center and will host a Native Truth and Healing: California Genocide Conference later this month.