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Let's Talk About Acknowledging The History Of The Land

Jose Antonio de Alzate y Ramirez, circa 1760
Map of the Kingdom of New Mexico

Let's Talk New Mexico 4/15 8am: The state of New Mexico, including land currently used by the University of New Mexico, occupies the traditional homelands of many Indigenous peoples. KUNM will soon be using a statement, known as a “land acknowledgement,” on our website along with  other documents that recognize and honor that history.

On this week’s Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re taking a look at what land acknowledgement statements are, how they are created (and by whom), and what they mean for the future of relationships between institutions like UNM and the Native American communities whose lands they occupy.

And we want to hear from you! What is the history of the land in your area? How do you honor that history? How can land acknowledgement statements create more understanding of  Native American issues? Or do you think there are other priorities, like education and artifact repatriation, that should come first? Email us at LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live Thursday morning at 8 on KUNM.


Ty Bannerman has been writing about New Mexico for over a decade. He is the author of the history book Forgotten Albuquerque and his work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Eater, and the American Literary Review. While at the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper, he served as food editor, features editor and managing editor. He co-hosts two podcasts: City on the Edge, which tells Albuquerque stories, and Anytown, USA, which virtually explores a different US county each week. He has two children and way too many dogs and chickens.
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