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You can now find out which Indigenous people’s land you’re living on

Encouraging land acknowledgement.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Aug 29, 2020

Between 1776 and 1887, more than 1.5 billion acres of Indigenous lands were seized from Indigenous people by the United States. Native Americans were left with severe restrictions on their rights. We, as inhabitants of these seized lands, have a responsibility to start building habits of awareness and acknowledgement practices—this is a very small step towards equity, but a crucial one if we wish to achieve any form of community-led reconciliation.

 

Code for Anchorage, a volunteer non-profit group of coders, have developed a new SMS bot with information provided by the Canadian nonprofit Native Land. The mission? To encourage land acknowledgment by making it easier to learn which Indigenous territory you currently stand on. 

 

The process is easy: text your zip code (or city and state) to (907) 312-5085 and the bot will respond with the names of the Native lands that correspond to that area. While this service is currently only available to U.S. residents, both groups hope to one day expand it to other countries and areas.