In consultation with a local Abenaki chief, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission created the following land acknowledgment that applies to Lebanon, NH.
"Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here or removed against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in the hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted.
The City of Lebanon is situated upon ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people, known as the Alnôbak in their own language. The land, known as Koas (place of the Pines), sits within the greater ancestral territory of the Abenaki and Wabanaki homeland, called Ndakinna. This acknowledgment reminds us of the significance of place, the continued existence of Abenaki people, and our commitment to building respectful relationships with those who call these lands home today."