Land Acknowledgment

As a community of nature lovers and educators, it’s our responsibility to learn about the history of the land on which we live, work, and play. We’d like to take this time to acknowledge that the Los Alamos Nature Center sits on unceded Indigenous land. This area was home to Ancestral Pueblo populations, including peoples that spoke the Tewa, Towa, and Keres languages. This area also holds ancestral significance, through trade and migration, to the Athabaskan speaking peoples, including the Dinétah and Apache. We acknowledge the Tanoan, Keresan, and Athabaskan speaking peoples, their elders, and future generations and their past, present, and future ties to this land.

We commit to learning more about the ongoing legacy of settler colonialism on the Pajarito Plateau and incorporating our learnings into PEEC’s educational offerings for the public. We welcome dialogue and will continue building connections with Indigenous peoples and local Pueblo communities.

We invite you to take the time to learn more about these communities and their histories through the list of resources below and the All Pueblo Council of Governors at

We would like to thank the following people for their guidance:

Pamela Agoyo
Director: American Indian Student Services, University of New Mexico
Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, University of New Mexico

Victoria Atencio
Director of Tribal Historic Preservation
Pueblo of Santa Ana

Julie Dare
Liaison for Native American Students and Families
Los Alamos Public Schools

Geraldine Jojola
Cochiti Pueblo

Rosemary Maestas-Swazo
Los Alamos National Laboratory Tribal Liaison

Dr. Matthew Martinez
Deputy Director, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Monica Murrell
Pueblo of Santa Ana

Ethan Ortega
Archeologist and Regional Manager for New Mexico Historic Sites in Northern New Mexico
Based at Los Luceros Historic Site

Elysia Poon
Director of the Indian Arts Research Center 
School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe

Landis Smith
Guidelines for Collaboration Coordinator
Indian Art Research Center
School for Advanced Research Santa Fe

Projects Conservator
Museums of New Mexico Conservation Lab
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Santa Fe

Research Associate
National Museum of the American Indian

Dr. Assata Zerai
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Sociology
University of New Mexico

We encourage you to learn about Indigenous communities in New Mexico by exploring the following resources:


Pueblo of Acoma

Cochiti Pueblo

Pueblo of Isleta

Pueblo of Jemez

Nambé Pueblo

The Navajo Nation

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Pueblo of Sandia

Pueblo of San Felipe

Pueblo de San Ildefonso

Santa Ana Pueblo

Taos Pueblo 

Tesuque Pueblo

Pueblo of Zuni


Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Institute of American Indian Arts

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture


Native Land Map 

Native Land Tax Guide

Partnership with Native Americans

Pueblo Action Alliance

The Red Nation

Tewa Women United

Three Sisters Collective

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