Land Acknowledgement Statement

California Law Review recognizes that Berkeley sits on the territory of Xučyun, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California, Berkeley, more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.

In recognition that California Law Review benefits from this history, we pay the Shuumi Land Tax as a small way to contribute to the healing of this history, the sovereignty of Ohlone people, and the preservation of their culture.

The correct pronunciation of “Xučyun,” courtesy of a Volume 108 editor.


An alternate spelling of  Xučyun is Huchiun.

What is a Land Acknowldgement?
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

For more information, we recommend Beyond Territorial Acknowledgements by Chelsea Vowel.