Indigenous Lands and Peoples

Adopted September 15, 2020

The CRP Department has built upon and adapted UNM’s Land Acknowledgment. We recognize and thank the faculty members who wrote the Indigenous Peoples Land and Territory Acknowledgement White Paper which explains the land acknowledgement and on whose words and knowledge we drew.

Founded in 1889, UNM sits on the traditional homelands of the Tiwa people, whose descendants today include the Pueblos of Sandia and Isleta. The Indigenous peoples of New Mexico—Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), Apache, Comanche, Ute, Genízaro and others—have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the region's vitality and economy. We honor that legacy and the peoples who continue to remain its protectors and stewards.

The Community and Regional Planning department has a strong commitment to Indigenous education, especially through its graduate concentration in Indigenous Planning as well as its strong collaboration with the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi) and the Resource Center for Raza Planning (RCRP). CRP recognizes Indigenous peoples’ resilience in the face of violent dispossession of land and culture, and is committed to dismantling settler colonialism through planning education and research.