FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Flagstaff City Council is poised to begin its meetings with an acknowledgement honoring the ancestral homelands of Native tribes in the region.
Council members on Tuesday voiced support for having the acknowledgement statement read at the beginning of future meetings. A formal vote is scheduled Tuesday, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
The council’s meeting agenda said the acknowledgement was intended to "formally acknowledge and reflect on the attempted erasure of Indigenous peoples and the historic trauma caused by colonialism" in order to promote understanding and dispute resolution.
Previously considered by the city Indigenous Commission, the acknowledgement was inspired by one used by a Flagstaff neighborhood association, Councilmember Austin Aslan said. "This is very much the least that we can do, but it is something that we can do."
The acknowledgment considered by the council states the the council "humbly acknowledges the ancestral homelands of this area’s Indigenous nations and original stewards. These lands, still inhabited by Native descendants, border mountains sacred to Indigenous peoples. We honor them, their legacies, their traditions, and their continued contributions. We celebrate their past, present, and future generations who will forever know this place as home."
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