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Land Acknowledgement Statement

On April 12, 2022, the Yolo County Board of Education formally approved the following land acknowledgment statement:

"We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. 

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands."

In adopting the statement, the Board of Education agreed to read the land acknowledgment at the start of its monthly meetings to pay homage to the indigenous people and the land on which YCOE and its schools and sites are located.

This land acknowledgment can be used in oral or written form at YCOE events as deemed appropriate. 

What is a land acknowledgement?

A land acknowledgment formally recognizes and pays respect to the indigenous people who once lived where YCOE and its schools and sites are located today. It is intended to raise awareness regarding the enduring relationship between indigenous people and the land.  

Spanish-language version

Durante miles de años, esta tierra ha sido el hogar de los patwin. Hoy en día, hay tres tribus patwin reconocidas a nivel federal: la Banda Cachil DeHe de indios Wintun de la comunidad india Colusa, la Nación Kletsel Dehe Wintun y la Nación Yocha Dehe Wintun.

Los patwin se han mantenido comprometidos con la administración de esta tierra durante muchos siglos. Ha sido apreciada y protegida, como los ancianos han enseñado a los jóvenes a través de generaciones. Nos sentimos honrados y agradecidos de estar hoy aquí en estas tierras con esta tradicción. 

Land Acknowledgement
Pronunciation Guide

What is the appropriate pronunciation of each of the indigenous names?

  • Patwin [PUTT-win]
  • Cachil Dehe [CATCH-ill DEE-HEE]
  • Kletsel Dehe [KLET-SELL DEE-HEE]
  • Yocha Dehe [YO-chuh DEE-HEE]
  • Wintun [WIN- tune]