Land Back in 2022

Land Back: Lands Returned to Indigenous Care in 2022

In a country founded on colonial land dispossession, healing and reconciliation must aim to restore Indigenous land and sovereignty.

This year saw Indigenous communities and organizations continue to reclaim and reoccupy ancestral lands. The Oglala Sioux Tribe paid $500,000 to reclaim Wounded Knee. In June, officials from the Ute, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Nations signed an intergovernmental cooperative management agreement for the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. After centuries of dispossession, the Rappahannock Tribe celebrated the return of 400 acres that is home to a historic tribal village named Pissacoack.

There is no blueprint for how to return stolen land, but these efforts unequivocally demonstrate that it can be done.



Map: Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.

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