One cannot change the past, but one can become more conscious of it. Eight years ago, I was invited to speak at a conference for the Victoria Department of Education in Australia. I’ll never forget how officials opened the conference. They began by honoring the name of the indigenous peoples on whose land they stood. It was a simple act of language, one that radically reframed our relationship with place and history in that moment. I have always hoped we would do more of that consciousness-raising in the United States. Imagine my joy, then, when I learned about a new website and mobile app called Native Land, which allows users in North America to easily explore which indigenous peoples‘ land they stand on. It’s a small step in the right direction.
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