The state of Connecticut and Yale University occupy the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, Quinnipiac, and other Algonquian speaking peoples. We honor and respect their continued relationship with and stewardship of this land, and we acknowledge that Yale University, Yale Cabaret, and those affiliated have benefited from the oppression of these Nations.
For more information about the importance and practice of land acknowledgements, we recommend you read the Center for Racial Justice’s guide to Honor Native Land. We recognize that land acknowledgments are only a beginning step in repairing relationships with Indigenous communities. We would also like to recommend learning more about the Land Back Movement. To find out what occupied lands you reside on visit Native Land Digital.
Yale University does not exist independently from the centuries of forced labor and economic extraction of enslaved people, primarily of African descent, on which this country was built. We are indebted to their labor and their unwilling sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the ongoing violence inflicted on Black and brown people and the resulting impact and generational trauma still felt today.