The great stories of our lives are stories of the human condition. They are stories that tell of imperfect people, triumphs of joy, unthinkable tragedies and resilience and hope. Living in these stories is one universal theme—truth.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities seizes this opportunity to speak about something we do not acknowledge enough. Our facilities stand atop ancestral lands that include the Tsétsėhéstaestse (Cheyenne), the Hinono’eiteen (Arapaho), Nuche (Ute), and Oceti Sakowin (Lakota) nations.
We further acknowledge that the lands that make up the current state of Colorado are historically linked to 48 contemporary tribal nations.
We offer respect to people of these nations—past, present and future. As we strengthen our resolve to honor their legacies we ask that you do so as well by giving pause to acknowledge the history of deceit, wrongdoing and Western settlement on their lands as well as the beauty of their languages, knowledge and strengths that informs our human experience today.
The Arvada Center wants to recognize and thank the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce for their invaluable contribution in crafting this acknowledgment.