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Native American Heritage Month

2021 National Tournament Land Acknowledgement

2021 National Speech and Debate Tournament Online

“As we stream the National Speech & Debate Tournament from Des Moines, Iowa, it is important for me to begin by acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples that have called Des Moines home first.” — J. Scott Wunn, NSDA Executive Director, 2021 National Tournament Opening Ceremony

We acknowledge that our national headquarters occupies the ancestral home of the Ioway, for which Iowa is named. Des Moines is also the ancestral home of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Meskwaki, Sauk, and other Indigenous Peoples that have passed through at various times. 

We thank the Indigenous Peoples who have made essential contributions to Iowa and to speech and debate communities. 

We recognize that our presence here today is the result of the on-going exclusions and erasure of Indigenous people. We affirm our commitment to conscientiously work to meet the needs of American Indian and Indigenous Peoples. 

You can learn more about the history of the Ioway or check out the Iowa Cultural Institute.

Learn more about the Meskwaki Nation.

To find out more info about the land that you’re on, visit Native-Land and Whose Land.

You’re invited to join the Indigenous Peoples Coach Caucus. Check back in fall of 2021 when we launch our Native American Heritage Month (November)! If you are a coach or alum and identify as a member of this group, please email us about being featured in our poster series.