The Local Arrangements Committee on behalf of the Midwest Archives Conference recognizes that we gather as part of a professional field with a colonial history and colonial present, and we aim to lessen the ongoing harms by responsibly speaking about the harmful impact of settler colonialism. We make this statement as an affirmation that we are committed to improving our profession’s practices.
This year, the Midwest Archive Conference takes place on ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.
In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory.
Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.
Today, the Midwest Archives Conference respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
This land acknowledgment was adapted from the heritage marker, titled “Our Shared Future, located near the top of Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. More information about this plaque can be found here.