The University of New Mexico's Indigenous Peoples' Land and Territory Acknowledgement has become even more permanent and prominent. 

On May 5, the Student Union Building (SUB), in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and American Indian Student Services revealed a mural in the SUB which honors that acknowlegment. Below, you can see the brand new piece of art, beautifully acknowledging UNM's land that was inhabited by Native people thousands and thousands of years.

Mural display
A discussion for creating an Indigenous Land and Territory Acknowledgment statement at The University of New Mexico began in spring 2018. A formal Indigenous Peoples' Land and Territory Acknowledgment was adopted in 2020.


Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo of Sandia. The original peoples of New Mexico Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who remain stewards of this land throughout the generations and also acknowledge our committed relationship to Indigenous peoples. We gratefully recognize our history.

– UNM's Land Acknowledgment Statement