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We produce these programs in Colorado, on the traditional lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations.

An important  step in dealing with conflict is to bring the conversation into the room and put it on the table. Since its origins, our country has been in conflict with our relationship to indigenous peoples. These lands we reside on are the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of those who are indigenous to what is now referred to as the United States. Colonization is an ongoing process, with indigenous lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties.

The U.S. government officially recognizes more than 570 tribes. More than 200 tribes do not have federal recognition, affecting tens of thousands of tribal members. Being unrecognized negatively impacts these tribes economically and culturally, limiting resources and ability to advocate for themselves at a federal level. This list names a small fraction of both recognized and unrecognized tribes, with a more comprehensive list in the resource section below.  

Colonization includes  the theft and destruction of people’s land and culture through physical and psychological violence and the imposition of oppressive legal structures. Failure to acknowledge this ongoing legacy has a direct impact on our ability to move through conflict with one another in ways that are healthy and generative. Because of colonialism, we have lost the contributions of indigenous ways of resolving conflict. We have much to learn from indigenous communities who are working tirelessly to maintain and rebuild their practices and traditions. 

A common thread across every episode of this podcast is the healing capacity of building connection and relationship in order to address conflict. This is the spirit with which we offer this land acknowledgement.  

We offer this acknowledgement as a step in our own journey of taking informed actions including using our platform to ensure that indigenous voices are shared, being mindful of how they are presented, and providing listeners the opportunity to hear, understand, and learn a more whole truth through the stories and insights offered.

This land belongs to people who are still here. We pay respect to the ancestors and to the Native peoples past, present and emerging. We see you.


For the Sideways Pod community, we invite and encourage you to both acknowledge and learn about the ongoing legacy of colonialism and take action related to righting the wrongs of history. What do you know about the indigenous people native to the land where you grew up or now reside?  Here are resources that you can access as a place to start: 

  • Alaska Athabascan

  • Aleut

  • Apache 

  • Arapahoe

  • Blackfeet 

  • Cherokee

  • Chippewa 

  • Choctaw

  • Dine (Navajo)

  • Inupiaq (Inuit)

  • Iroquois

  • Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians)

  • Pueblo

  • Lakota, Dakota (Sioux)

  • Little Shell

  • Lumbee 

  • Paiutes

  • Sac & Fox

  • Snohomish

  • Tlingit-Haid

  • Unami (Lenape)

  • Ute

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. 

All things are bound together, all things are connected."   

-Chief Seattle

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