Why We Acknowledge Indigenous Land

A setting sun shines through the grassland of Colorado

 

To get to Khala & Company's Colorado Rocky Mountain headquarters, one way is to travel north on Interstate 25 and take the exit west towards Niwot. In these simple directions lies a history of Indigenous leadership, loss & ongoing reconciliation that we want to acknowledge at the core of our operations.

 

As founders of this company, we live and work on the ancestral territory of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, and 45 other contemporary indigenous tribes who maintain affiliation with the state of Colorado. That we are based on this land that saw the defeat of Indian nations in order for western expansion to occur is not lost on us. During Native American Heritage Month and always, Khala & Company stands with native communities in Colorado, the U.S., North America and beyond in order to participate in and support truth and reconciliation. 

 

Here especially on the northern Colorado Front Range, we acknowledge the story and legacy of Chief Niwot of the Arapaho (Hinono-eino) who used his leadership and knowledge of the English language to advocate for his people & land when the 1859 Gold Rush sent settlers to the Boulder-area. That Chief Niwot and so many innocent, unsuspecting lives were lost just a few years later in the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29th, 1864 weighs heavily on us as we reap the benefits of western expansion and enterprise. That is why Khala supports giving back and speaking up whenever the opportunity arises to stand in allyship with the right side of history.

 

This Native American Heritage Month 157 years after Sand Creek, we seek to amplify the history of indigenous peoples with ancestral ties in the land we now call Colorado by sharing this list of resources we ourselves have found guidance from. In sharing, we hope you find inspiration about how you can educate & mobilize yourself about the indigenous lands upon which you live... 

 

1) Colorado Encyclopedia article on Chief Niwot

2) Right Relationship Boulder Facebook Group

3) Lost Highways podcast episode on Indian mascots in Colorado

4) Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection

5) A collection of poems by Colorado-based author, Linda K. Hogan we have been reading and reflecting upon this month, A History of Kindness