At The Thacher School, we acknowledge that the land on which we live, labor and experience deep community upon was stolen from the Chumash peoples, and that their descendants who survived Spanish Colonization remain in their homeland which extends past what we know to be Morro Bay to the North, Malibu to the South, Bakersfield to the East, and the Channel Islands to the West.
We also acknowledge the unique role educators and student-centered practitioners play in teaching histories that reflect the nation’s founding, which includes reflection on the policies that led to the enslavement, massacre, removal and forced assimilation of the Indigenous peoples across what we now know as the United States.
Together, we must remain curious as we explore the connection between the current social, economic, environmental, and political inequalities experienced by current BIPOC communities and their roots in historical colonial violence that has been exerted for centuries against Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, including Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, Inuits and Indigenous Caribbeans, and forcefully marginalized communities around the globe.
Even as we work to dutifully steward the land, water, and resources in the Valley of the Moon, we remember that the Chumash have been separated from the spaces we call home. While this statement is brief, it reflects the commitment of the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in supporting efforts that center inquiry and healing, with ourselves, others, and spaces we inhabit.
We celebrate Indigenous Alumni and students, welcome Indigenous scholars, faculty and staff celebrate cultural relations with local Chumash elders, appreciating the faculty and staff who have paved the way and the Chumash elders who have chosen to engage with this relational spirit of the institution.