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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Mexican American Studies Teachers' Academy, ESNTX, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) 

The Ethnic Studies Network of Texas acknowledge the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation, whose traditional territory we are living on. You are the past, present, and future caretakers and knowledge keepers of this land. We also acknowledge the Lipan Apaches, Tonkawa, Kickapoo, Comanches, and other Native nations who were displaced from their territories and migrated to these lands – who continue to care for Mother Earth and maintain their traditional ways. As an institution built on Coahuiltecan land, it is important that we acknowledge that we are working, teaching and learning on these lands and consider what responsibilities we carry and how we can engage in meaningful commitments of reciprocity to land and water, and the communities that continue to organize in defense of Mother Earth.


ESNTX acknowledges the legacy of slavery in our region and the enslaved African people whose labor was exploited for generations to help establish the economy of our region and the United States, specifically the production and harvest of surplus crops and land cultivation.

ESNTX acknowledges the harm that colonialism and white supremacy have brought to these lands, in particular the erasure of both First American and African identities via racist laws that segregated all peoples. It is only by recognition and understanding these errors that were made during our nation’s origins that we can hope to correct our path.