Mayville State University Land Acknowledgement Statement

Mayville State University, a land grant institution created in 1889, collectively acknowledges that the region we occupy rests upon the ancestral, traditional, and current lands of Indigenous groups of the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Metis. We pledge·:to build our relations with the contemporary First Nations of North Dakota including the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation; Spirit Lake Nation; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, as well as neighboring tribes.

Mayville State University advocates for the healing of the historical trauma endured by the descendants of those who were forcibly removed from their homelands. We recognize and support the sovereignty of tribal nations and for Indigenous communities.

Mayville State University strives toward an emerging future of friendship, collaboration, and progress.


It is important to understand the history that has brought people to the land on which they reside. A Land Acknowledgement Statement seeks to show respect, recognition, and gratitude to Indigenous Peoples who call the land home.


The Land Acknowledgement Statement should be spoken or printed in its entirety. The Statement should not be altered or rewritten. The Acknowledgement may be shared at events such as official university ceremonies, critical conversations, performances, and/or conferences, as determined by the event coordinators. University faculty, staff, and student organizations are welcome to use the Acknowledgement when deemed appropriate (ex. printed in programs, syllabi, etc.).