Denver Land Acknowledgement
National Association of School Psychologists 2023 Annual Convention Denver Land Acknowledgment
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) honors and acknowledges that the land on which we will gather for our 2023 national convention in the City of Denver and surrounding area is the traditional territory of the Núu-agha-tuvu-pu (Ute), Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), and hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho) Peoples. We recognize the 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up what is now known as Colorado, and we honor Elders past, present, and future, as well as those who have stewarded this land over many generations.
We also recognize that governmental, academic, and cultural institutions were founded on the exclusion and erasure of Indigenous Peoples, and they continue to exclude and erase Indigenous Peoples. Specifically, we recognize how colonialism has sustained oppression, genocide, land dispossession, and involuntary removals of Indigenous Peoples from this place. We acknowledge that we are guests on this land and recognize the privilege in our ability to gather for this event. We also acknowledge that Indigenous voices have been underrepresented in past NASP conventions, and we commit to examining our processes and procedures to ensure that our session and speaker selection process is not biased by a White and western lens and that it instead promotes the inclusion and elevation of Indigenous scholars’ work.
We affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, and experiences. May this acknowledgment demonstrate our commitment to working to dismantle ongoing legacies of oppression and inequities and recognize the current and future contributions of Indigenous communities in Denver. This commitment aligns with NASP’s larger priorities related to advancing equity and social justice. We understand that acknowledgment alone is not enough, and we pledge to incorporate this commitment into our actions. We will be adding additional specifics regarding actions in the weeks to come.
More information on the history, culture, and experiences of local Indigenous Peoples is available at: