Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois Land Acknowledgement

As part of our commitment to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and to confess the denomination’s complicity in dispossession and settler colonialism, the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois makes the following land acknowledgment.

The Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois is situated on the ancestral homelands of these nations: the Illini, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Osage, Ochethi Sakowin, Peoria, Mayaamia, Sauk & Meskwaki, Yuchi (S’atsoyaha) and the Shawnee people.

Unlike neighboring Midwestern states, no tribal lands are federally recognized within the state of Illinois. Yet reminders of the Native American presence remain as a part of the history of colonial settlement in the names of cities, rivers, streets, and sports teams. Also located within the bounds of our Presbytery are sites sacred to many of these peoples. Among them are:

It is our responsibility to acknowledge this historical context and to be good partners with and advocates for the tribal nations on whose trust lands we inhabit.

Moccasin Site in the Piney Creek Ravine
The Moccasin Site, a section of the petroglyphs in the Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area. Click the image for the photographer's information and photo release.