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What is a Land Acknowledgment?

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

Learn more about Land Acknowledgments

U.S. Department of Arts and Cultures


Upper Midwest Flute Association Land Acknowledgment Statement

The Upper Midwest Flute Association serves a region that has been stewarded for generations by Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Ioway, Menominee, Mesquaki, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Sauk, and Sioux people.

We acknowledge the harm done by unjust treaties and the forced removal, genocide, and erasure of Indigenous people from their homeland. We recognize the painful history that has enabled us to gather, perform, and learn in these spaces today.

We invite you to learn more about the past and present connections of Indigenous people to this land, to seek out and promote Indigenous flute music, and to support Indigenous flute makers and performers.

The Upper Midwest Flute Association is committed to advocating for diversity in all forms and celebrating the long history of the flute and flute playing in all its forms.


Statement approved by UMFA Executive Board, February 2022

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