A land acknowledgement is a formal statement that pays tribute to, expresses gratitude and respect for, and helps raise awareness of the Indigenous inhabitants of the local land—past and present. Land acknowledgements are ceremonial in nature and do not carry any legal authority. Land acknowledgements have been adopted by other cities in Washington, including the cities of Edmonds, Everett, and Spokane. Other cities throughout the country have also adopted land acknowledgements, including the cities of Denver, Colorado; Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and Eureka, California.
Kirkland’s adopted Land Acknowledgement was drafted as part of the Kirkland Native History Document project. It is informed by input by tribal leaders and has been reviewed by them, though the final acknowledgement is specific to Kirkland and is not the official position of any of the consulted tribal organizations. In adopting this local land acknowledgement, the City is not taking a position on the status of federal recognition for any tribe.
City Council also adopted a Local Land Acknowledgement Usage Guide(PDF, 921KB) at their June 21, 2022 Kirkland City Council meeting. The purpose of the guide is to provide options for City of Kirkland employees, volunteers, and elected/appointed officials to use Kirkland's Local Land Acknowledgement.