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Before Our Campus


We acknowledge that ArtCenter College of Design is included in the region of the ancestral and traditional lands of the Hahamog'na Tongva people, who historically inhabited the San Gabriel Valley area around present-day Pasadena and Altadena.


We honor their connection to this region and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work and learn on their traditional homeland. Please take a moment of silence to pay respect to their Elders and to all Gabrielino and Tongva people, past and present.


The Native Governance Center provides information and the steps to take in order to create an impactful action plan that goes Beyond Land Acknowledgement.

(courtesy of Native Governance Center)

Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as their map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide.

(courtesy of Native Land Digital)

Christopher Nyerges provides an overview of the material and social life  of the Tongva people along the Arroyo Seco and shares some of their agricultural practices.

(courtesy of KCET)

Mapping the Tongva Villages of L.A.’s Past

(courtesy of LA Times)

Saki Mafundikwa & Sadie Red Wing on Decolonizing Design

This Land Acknowledgement is not a representation of any property boundaries.

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