The history of Fort Lewis College is interwoven with the history and people of southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area - it is unique among the educational institutions in this country. It is the history of this institution that has shaped the college that overlooks Durango today and serves thousands of students every year.
Fort Lewis College exists to provide the same exceptional educational opportunities to every student who walks through the doors of any campus building.
Preceding on-campus events, the following land acknowledgment is read for guests, to honor and respect the land on which we gather:
"We acknowledge the land that Fort Lewis College is situated upon is the ancestral land and territory of the Nuuchiu (Ute) people who were forcibly removed by the United States Government. We also acknowledge that this land is connected to the communal and ceremonial spaces of the Jicarilla Abache (Apache), Pueblos of New Mexico, Hopi Sinom (Hopi), and Diné (Navajo) Nations. It is important to acknowledge this setting because the narratives of the lands in this region have long been told from dominant perspectives, without full recognition of the original land stewards who continue to inhabit and connect with this land. Thank you for your attention and respect in acknowledging this important legacy. "