Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
Drummond Woodsum’s headquarters are located in Portland, Maine, which was settled on the original and ancestral homelands of the Wabanaki (the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot people). Our New Hampshire offices in Portsmouth, Lebanon, and Manchester reside on the ancestral lands of the Abenaki and Pennacook. We recognize that these lands, like so many others, were not given up freely but taken by colonizers through the forced displacement and cultural and physical genocide of these Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge this history, and we also respect that it is not merely history but the current reality of all those who were and continue to be separated from their ancestral homes, traditions, and languages and denied their Indigenous – and simply human – rights. Tribal Nations face ongoing legal battles to regain and maintain their Indigenous culture, including the protection of hunting and fishing rights that are central to a deep connection to the land and water. History cannot be erased and should not be forgotten. As a firm we work to honor and support Tribal Nations in reclaiming and preserving their inherent sovereignty, rights, and land; to celebrate the cultures indigenous to the areas where we all work and live; and to promote the economic and governmental empowerment of these members of our diverse community.
We encourage you to learn more about the following organizations that are doing important work in this area:
Native-Land.ca is a website run by the nonprofit organization Native Land Digital https://native-land.ca
Indian Land Tenure Foundation https://iltf.org/