Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence
We acknowledge this place of abundant rivers, springs, caves, desert and hill country as being inhabited consistently for over 12,000 years by people who left their marks as stories on rocks as petroglyphs for remembrance and as codes for storytelling and timekeeping.
We acknowledge the San Antonio River as Yanaguana, (Spirit Waters in Pajalate) as the source of life for this city and commit to protecting her, all her tributaries and connected waters and this land called Texas as Somi Sek to the Esto’k Gna people who are called Carrizo-Comecrudo by the spanish, today and for future generations.
We acknowledge this place known as San Antonio as the traditional homeland of many Native American peoples who are called Coahuiltecan by Spanish records. 200 tribes/bands/clans were documented in historical records and include the Payaya, Auteca Paguame, Jarame, Pompopa, and Borrado, as well as other aboriginal peoples such as the Carrizo-Comecrudo who continue to carry their traditional lifeways.
We acknowledge these Indigenous various communities as the traditional people of this land now called San Antonio, Texas.
We acknowledge this homeland that would later include Comanches and Lipan Apaches in the 1700's, as a place that is now home to nearly 30,000 Urban Indians spanning from tribes across the North, Central, and South America who continue to sustain their traditional languages and customs.
We acknowledge that the six flags which have flown over this city during the last 300 years have never fully honored Indigenous people, who continue to be excluded from processes that directly affect their cultural traditions, ancestors and future descendants.
We acknowledge the willingness of our communities to seek healing for all the harms of colonization which are still present in San Antonio, reflected in the unequal distribution of resources, housing, education, and access to healthcare.
We acknowledge the opportunity to promote equity by centering the needs of Native peoples in decisions regarding public policy, service delivery, and distribution of resources in a manner that accounts for historical realities.
We acknowledge the resiliency, tenacity, and ability of Native Americans to survive, heal and thrive despite the systemic oppression they have faced and commit to celebrating their successes.
-Provided by the American Indians of Texas of the Spanish Colonial Mission