Land Acknowledgment - Fire Ring FarmWe acknowledge the land on which we gather. Fire Ring Farm is on the ancestral lands of the Quinnipiac and Wangunk in what is now known as Connecticut. We specifically acknowledge the Wangunk, an Eastern Algonquin indigenous people, known as the people at the bend in the river, who were removed unjustly from this land. On this farm and in this community, we are the beneficiaries of that removal. We honor the Quinnipiac and Wangunk and pay respect to the elders, both past and present. The Quinnipiac and Wangunk have stewarded this land, had a relationship with this land, and cultivated this land for generations. We acknowledge this in all we do, and in how we look to steward and build a relationship with the land. We aim to unlearn what is not working and has not worked and aspire to uphold our responsibilities to this land as we move in relationship and cultivation with it. We also acknowledge that all land in the State of Connecticut was once Native territory. This is also the land of the Mohegan, the Mashantucket Pequot, the Eastern Pequot, the Schaghticoke, the Golden Hill Paugussett, the Nipmuc, and the Lenape, who have and continue to steward this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.
Please know that Connecticut law recognizes five Indian tribes. These five tribes have six reservations in the state.1. Golden Hill Paugussett2. Mashantucket Pequot3. Mohegan4. Paucatuck Eastern Pequot5. Schaghticoke
It is one thing to acknowledge the land and have a relationship with it, and it is another to take action to support Native People. Here are a few things you can do:● Support Indigenous organizations by donating your time and/or money.● Support Indigenous-led grassroots change movements and campaigns. Encourage others to do so as well.● Commit to returning the land. Local, state, and federal governments around the world are currently returning the land to Indigenous people. (https://resourcegeneration.org/land-reparations-indigenous-solidarity-action-guide/) Individuals are returning the land, too. Research your options to return your land.● Review more suggestions here: https://nativegov.org/news/beyond-land-acknowledgment-guide/
We share by way of example that Fire Ring Farm has participated in grassroots movements that support Native people and protect the land, and we plan to do so again and again. We have also made donations to local groups like the Connecticut Native American Inter-Tribal Urban Council.
Fire Ring Farm is an inclusive space for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC folk, disabled, and native populations.