Honoring Indigenous and Native Land

“When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.”  —Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion acknowledges that the land our Berklee Boston campus resides on is the ancestral homeland of the Pawtucket, Massachusett, Nipmuc, and Wampanoag tribal nations. We honor these communities and the elders of these nations—past, present, and future—whose practices and spiritualities are tied to the land. 

We recognize the enduring relationships between Indigenous communities and the traditional territories that our Berklee campuses and global sites occupy, including New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Valencia.

As a cultural institution, we believe there is an obligation to accurately and responsibly acknowledge the unceded land our institution is built upon. We recognize that American Indian, Native American, indigenous, First Peoples, First Nations, and aboriginal communities are present and alive today, and are not mere relics of history. 

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to using its institutional positionality to amplify the histories and livelihoods of indigenous peoples, and to working toward dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.