• Marielle Saums

Understand Your Land

Updated: Aug 28

Why We Published a Territory Acknowledgement

Ground In Common aims to spotlight visionary leaders working in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and that begins with recognizing the peoples who are the traditional stewards of this land.


After reflecting on how we can begin to support First Nations in the region, we recently published a Territory Acknowledgement on our website:



Ground In Common is located on the traditional territories of the Apsaalooké (Crow), Cheyenne, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) nations.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work on this land.

This statement is a living document that will change and expand as we learn how to uplift Indigenous histories, perspectives and experiences through our work.


Writing a Territory Acknowledgement has catalyzed an ongoing process of education and action. We are examining not only the legacies and continued presence of First Nations, but also the complicated impact of settlers in this region and the role in remediating the history of injustice against Indigenous communities through our work.


Investing in independent journalism is essential to connecting the stories of mission-driven entrepreneurs with a wider audience. With this in mind, Ground In Common aims to support Indigenous business leaders, writers and media producers as we grow our network of creative professionals throughout the Mountain West.


We encourage you to learn about the histories of the traditional First Nation territories in which you live and to actively support Indigenous communities - writing a Territory Acknowledgement is just one approach. Visit Native Lands Digital​ to learn about the First Nation territories that you call home. Here are some other useful links:


A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

First Nations Development Institute: Reading List

Land Reparations & Indigenous Solidarity Toolkit

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