We gratefully acknowledge that the University of North Florida is on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mocama-speaking Timucuas. We recognize that other Indigenous peoples also built homelands here, including the Yamasees and Guales. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples made this region into a vibrant center of diplomacy, exchange, and religious practice. We pay respect to these nations and to their descendants.
We further recognize the historical and ongoing impact of colonization in our region and state as well as the resiliency of Indigenous peoples. Today, Florida is home to the sovereign nations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, as well as citizens of other Native nations and communities whose ancestors include Mocamas, Yamasees, and Guales.