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Historic Acknowledgments

As UNC-Chapel Hill continues to reckon with its past, it is important that we share the following important acknowledgments:

Native Land

We want to acknowledge that this is Indigenous land and was first inhabited by the First Peoples of this Land, our American Indian People. This land was stolen from them.

North Carolina is home to the largest population of any state east of the Mississippi River. North Carolina is home to eight state-recognized tribes, which include:

  • Occaneechi Band of Saponi Indian Nation
  • Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
  • Waccamaw Souian Indian Tribe
  • Sappony Tribe
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Meherrin Indian Nation
  • Coharie Indian Tribe
  • Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians

It is also home to the Tuscarora.

We recognize and respect their brilliance, gifts, and contributions past, present, and future. They are a living legacy.


Black Bodies

UNC-Chapel is an institution built by enslaved Africans and their enslaved descendants, and our institution did not admit Black students until 1955.

Today, Black individuals and People of Color disproportionately work as service staff on our campus and in our wider society. This community is largely responsible for the maintenance on our campus, the food and food service available to us at Chapel Hill, and many other basic necessities that make our work possible.

We recognize, honor, and appreciate their past and present contributions.