The History of Native Tribes 



Sexual Assault Services Organization is an organization aimed to provided advocacy and prevention to any person seeking services. We are based in the Durango and Ignacio area in Colorado. In this statement, we acknowledge the sacred lands and ancestral territories of the Ute tribe (Weeminuche, Capote, and Muache), Jicarilla Apache, Arapaho, Comanche, and Diné (Navajo) nations.

Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.


What is a Land Acknowledgement?

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

Why do we recognize the land?

To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.