Organizations requesting to acknowledge Quapaw Nation in a land acknowledgement may find pre-approved language here. For confirmation of Quapaw Nation association with a particular area please reference the Quapaw Nation Ancestral Area of Interest Map.
Off reservation use:
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the Quapaw people, a land where the people had developed societal, agricultural, and sacred sites. We also acknowledge that we benefit from the Quapaw’s loss of land which had innumerable repercussions on the culture and population of the Quapaw people. This land acknowledgement challenges us to learn about the Quapaw people, their history, culture, contributions to and continued presence in our community.
On reservation use:
We acknowledge that we are on Quapaw Nation land. We honor the fortitude, commitment, and dedication the Quapaw people demonstrated to maintain their culture, develop new communities, and overcome challenges after being removed to a new land. We acknowledge the benefits we receive through use of land that the Quapaw people were dispossessed of and the negative effects this loss had on the people. This land acknowledgement challenges us to learn about the Quapaw people, their history, culture, contributions to and continued presence in our community.
The Quapaw Nation notes that words accompanied by action are the strongest form of advocacy. Follow up action suggestions include:
Request a Quapaw Nation speaker to present educational information on Quapaw Nation culture, language, food, social norms, dress, etc.
Donate to a group/organization associated with the enrichment of Quapaw people:
• Annual Quapaw Pow Wow
• Quapaw Nation Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
• Quapaw Nation Education Fund
• Quapaw Nation Elders Trip
• Quapaw Nation Museum
• Quapaw Nation Children’s Committee
• Quapaw Native American Church Chapter
Attend public events hosted by the Quapaw Nation in a respectful and open-minded way.
Repatriate Quapaw Nation artifacts and objects of cultural patrimony.
Support the Quapaw Nation in efforts with the US government through letter writing, and similar activities.
Provide pro bono services in a specialized field such as legal counsel or educational support.
Thank you for your efforts to acknowledge the Quapaw Nation’s unique history and people.