Land Acknowledgement


The land acknowledgement for the Next Generation Radiation Governance symposium.

Our Radiation Governance Symposium, hosted by UC Irvine and UCLA with support from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, San Francisco and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, acknowledges the Acjachemen and Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin, southern Channel Islands, including the region from the Santa Ana River to Aliso Creek and beyond). 

Additionally, the greater Los Angeles area is home to the largest indigenous populations in the U.S. It is the ancestral homeland of the Tongva, the Acjachemen, the Chumash, the Tataviam, the Cahuilla nations, the Chemehuevi, the Pipa Aha Macav, the Morongo, the Pechanga,  the Yuhaaviatam, the Soboba among other peoples.  It is also presently home to large communities of Indigneous peoples from the greater Turtle Island, the Pacific Islands, and Central and South America, including Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. 

We acknowledge that Los Angeles is also a place with large communities of Two Spirit peoples who organize and fellowship with each other.

We acknowledge colonization as an ongoing process, the need to continue repairing the harm caused to Indigenous peoples around the world, and a special need to better govern radiation hazards in Indigenous communities.  

(note: photo essay under construction) See also UCLA's Mapping Indigenous LA

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Indigenous Los Angeles placenames

Side-by-side map of Indigenous Los Angeles placenames and contemporary Los Angeles placenames.


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detail of mural by River Garza from Los Angeles' historic Indian Alley

Created date

March 1, 2021

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