On September 27, 2023, the Elk Grove City Council adopted a resolution establishing a City of Elk Grove Land Acknowledgement. View the resolution.
The following Land Acknowledgment will be read at City meetings and events preceding the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem:
We honor, respect, and acknowledge Elk Grove’s first inhabitants, the Plains Miwok, who lived as sovereign caretakers of this land and these waterways since time immemorial. We commemorate and advocate for their descendants, the Wilton Rancheria Tribe -- the only Federally recognized Tribe in Sacramento County -- who endure because of the bravery, resiliency, and determination of their ancestors, tribal members, and leaders.
What is a Land Acknowledgment?
A tribal land acknowledgment is a statement of respect for the Indigenous Peoples who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Land Acknowledgments are intended to be an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those upon whose territory we reside.
Why is a Land Acknowledgment important?
Adopting a Land Acknowledgment furthers the City’s stated commitment to being a City that is Welcome to All. It acknowledges the hardships Indigenous People have experienced, and continue to experience, and endeavors to break down those barriers and create a culture that celebrates and protects the heritage of Indigenous Peoples.
Adopting a Land Acknowledgment advances racial equity by fostering an environment that promotes awareness of, and actively works toward, integrating Indigenous People and their history of local lands into decision-making processes.