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Flux Factory’s Territorial Acknowledgment and Statement of Commitment

As a building and community, Flux Factory sits within Lenapehoking, or “The Land of the Lenape”. This was the traditional territory of the Lenni-Lenape people; the Canarsie, Munsee, Matinecock, Maspeth and Rockaway Nations. We extend our gratitude to the people of each of these nations and acknowledge their love, labor, lives and stewardship of the land that we, Flux Factory, now occupy. We commit to standing in solidarity with the Lenni-Lenape people and all Indigenous Nations in their ongoing struggle against Settler Colonialism. We recognize that New York City exists on unceded land.

New York City’s establishment is the result of the complete occupation of Lenapehoking and decentralization of the Lenni-Lenape Nations through violent settler colonisation. Some of the acts of systematic violence include: destruction of many forested lands, grasslands, waterways and wildlife; broken treaties and manipulated agreements; direct land theft; wars led by settler colonizers; introduction of devastating diseases; intentional isolation; destruction of languages; and massacres.

Settler colonialism continues throughout the Americas including acts such as: the murder of Indigenous womxn, girls, two spirited and disabled Indigeonus people; continued demonization; ongoing broken treaties and colonial court rulings against Indigenous sovereignty; continued seizure of land for industrial projects, including the laying of pipelines; and continued seizure of Indigenous children from “bad” parents, a continuation of the Sixties Scoop. The true story of the United States’ birth is obscured by continued erasure of Indigenous culture, languages, knowledge, cultural contributions, and identity.

Many Lenni-Lenape people currently live in communities or on their own throughout New York, in Delaware, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ontario. Long Island is the center of The Matinecock Nation.

The Delaware Nation
The Munsee-Delaware Nation
The Matinecock Nation
The Nanticoke-Lenape Nation

Our presence in Lenapehoking is temporary. While we are here, we are responsible for stewarding this land. Flux Factory is a fluctuating creative community of artists, thinkers, doers and organizers. We come together to play, learn, create, support and challenge one and other to grow together.

We acknowledge that we are imperfect, as we each carry our respective subjectivities, and every group inevitably duplicates the systems within which it exists. These include white supremacy; patriarchy, capitalism and its belief in ownership; misogyny; transphobia and disability exclusion. With this acknowledgment, we commit to doing the difficult individual and collective work that will move us towards equity and justice. This Territorial Acknowledgment is our commitment to working towards centering Indigenous peoples and knowledge as we grow together into the future.

Wèmi yu ta niluna ntëluxwenèn yu èlkikwixink Hàki
All of us here walk on this part of the earth 

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Please consider donating to The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

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Further Resources

Unsettling America Settler Colonialism Primer

Laura Hurwitz & Shawn Bourque, Unsettling Klamath River Coyuntura, Posted on June 6, 2014

American Indian Movement

First Nations & Indigenous Foundations The University of British Columbia Sixties Scoop

Podcast: Finding Cleo 
Cleopatra Semaganis Nicotine and her siblings, Johnny, Mark, Annette, April and Christine, were part of a wave of apprehensions of Indigenous children by child welfare authorities that has become known as the Sixties Scoop. 

PBS video on Residential Schools

PBS video on Relocation Programs in the 1950s, US incentive to erase Indigenous peoples’, their culture, language, identity and land.

Partnerships With Native Americans

Native Disability Law Center

NYT Matinecocks Lay Claim to Fort-Totten Citing Burial

On this Site Indigenous Long Island – Tribes of Long Island

Delaware Nation, Thamesville, Ontario

The Center for Algonquin Culture

Nanticoke, NJ

NYT article about 2020 Supreme Court ruling expanding tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma

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