The National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section acknowledges that for thousands of years, native peoples have lived on this land, and they still do. Their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.
Anathan House is located in what is presently called Pittsburgh, and we acknowledge that this is the traditional land of the Seneca, a principal member of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy. This land has also been home to the Monongahela, Moundbuilders, Lenape, and Shawnee peoples. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land throughout the ages, and we acknowledge that, while there are still many Indigenous peoples across this land, many have been displaced to reservations far from here.
Jews of many backgrounds have experienced a sense of geographical and cultural displacement over the years. We acknowledge our history of displacement, and as importantly, we acknowledge the ways in which many of us as non-indigenous peoples and settlers have benefited from colonialism, former and ongoing, which has hurt and oppressed Indigenous peoples. We ask for forgiveness as we pledge to continue to educate ourselves and take action to right these wrongs.