In recognition of Native American History Month, Upper School Head Nathan Lill offered the following Native Land Acknowledgement statement at the Monday Assembly on Nov. 13:
“We are honored to acknowledge that Saint George’s School, and it’s campus and acerage, are located on the traditional and unceded sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We acknowledge also the Little Spokane river valley and its flora and fauna for allowing us to be stewards of its natural legacy since time immemorial.
“We pay our respect to tribal elders, both past and present, as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.”
Lill added that the statement acknowledges our role as stewards of the land and as partners with the tribe, in a continued effort to tie our SGS student service projects to improving wildlife habitat and facilities on nearby tribal owned and managed lands.