Land Acknowledgment

As we embark on our journey of learning and discovery in this science course, we begin by acknowledging with respect the traditional custodians of the land on which Madras High School stands. We recognize the Wana Łama (Warm Springs), Wasq’ú (Wasco), and Northern Paiute tribes, today known as the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, as the original stewards of this region. Their profound relationship with the land, water, and all living beings in this area forms an integral part of their enduring heritage and culture.

This acknowledgment serves as a reminder of the significance of Indigenous knowledge systems and their contributions to science. These systems, grounded in a deep understanding of sustainability, biodiversity, and the interconnectedness of nature, offer invaluable perspectives that enrich our scientific exploration. In our sciences classes, we aim to explore, appreciate and incorporate the scientific contributions of Indigenous Peoples, acknowledging that traditional ecological knowledge is a crucial component of our collective understanding of the natural world.

We commit to fostering an environment of respect, inclusivity, and curiosity within our classroom. We will encourage critical thinking about the impacts of scientific endeavors and the importance of including diverse ways of knowing in our study of science. This approach is intended to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the myriad ways in which we can understand and interact with our world, promoting ethical scientific inquiry and environmental stewardship.

Let this acknowledgment remind us of our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and each other, as we pursue knowledge and innovation in the spirit of mutual respect.