csd land acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

It is important to recognize the longstanding history that has brought us to reside on the land which encompasses City Schools of Decatur and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgments do not exist in a past tense or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we demonstrate mindfulness of that fact through this act.

We are on land that belongs to the Muskogee Creek. Muscogee ancestors built expansive towns and inhabited the present states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina for thousands of years; yet, this indigenous population had this land forcefully taken from them on June 16th, 1802 through what colonizers called an “Indian land cession” (see below for an excerpt).

Both the State of Georgia and the United States Government carried out genocide, ethnic cleansing, and forced removal against the Creek as a way to acquire land. They broke many promises. Yet this is still Indigenous land. It will always be Indigenous land.

Indigenous people are not relics of the past. They are still here and they continue to demonstrate their talents and gifts amidst a backdrop of systemic colonialism and oppression. The Muscogee Nation is the fourth largest tribe in the U.S. with 86,100 citizens and the Tribal headquarters of the Creek Nation is located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

We honor and respect the indigenous people still connected to this land on which we gather. We stand with them as we take this moment to honor their place in our human family.

Additional information about the Muscogee Creek Nation is available on their website: http://www.muscogeenation.com.

Download a copy of our Land Acknowledgement here.

Description of cession or reservation (forced removal): The Creeks cede to the U. S. all land between the following bounds and the lines of the extinguished claims of said nation heretofore ascertained and established by treaty: Beginning at the upper extremity of the high shoals of the Appalachee river, the same being a branch of the Oconee river, and on the southern bank of the same, running thence a direct course to a noted ford of the S. branch of Little river, called by the Indians Chattochuccohatchee; thence a direct line to the main branch of Commissioner's creek, where the same is intersected by the path leading from the Rock landing to the Ocmulgee Old Towns; thence a direct line to Palmetto creek, where the same is intersected by the Uchee path leading from the Oconee to the Ocmulgee river; thence down the middle waters of the said creek to Oconee river, and with the western bank of the same to its junction with the Ocmulgee river; thence across the Ocmulgee river to the S. bank of the Altamaha river, and down the same at low-water mark to the lower bank of Goose creek, and Item thence by a direct line to the mounts on the margin of the Oketinocau swamp, raised and established by the Commissioners of the U. S. and Spain at the head of St Mary's river; thence down the middle waters of said river to the point where the old line of demarcation strikes the same; thence with the said old line to the Altamaha river and up the same to Goose creek.