We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional ancestral and unceded lands of the Piscataway and the Susquehannock tribes, that Indigenous people have lived here since the 10th Millennium BCE, and that their relation to this land was to travel, trade, and to hunt in this region we now call Baltimore.

We recognize that the original tribes have been joined through the northern migration by the Lumbee and the Cherokee. We recognize the model they provide for wisdom and caring communities based on mutual respect, reciprocity, and reverence for the land, water, and all relations. We, too, honor Mother Earth, from which all life springs, worthy of our caring stewardship.

We also acknowledge the people, enslaved and exploited, who did and do work on this land, enabling us to live.  We recognize that our current systems are often unjust, that the comfort of many still rests upon the sufferings of others. 

Here, at MICA, we strive to honor the ancestors, to work equitably and honorably toward social justice with their descendants, and to use our talents and resources to work to mitigate past and present injustices.