The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met on Sunday night to discuss a resolution titled “S. 19-13 A Resolution Calling for Tufts University to Create an Official Land Acknowledgement, Increase the Amount of Indigenous Presence on Campus, and Raise Awareness of Tufts History with Indigenous Peoples,” written by sophomore Cyrus Kirby.
The resolution called for the university to publicly recognize that it stands on Massachusett and Wampanoag land, and requested that this acknowledgement “accurately recognize[s] Tufts University’s history and current relationship with indigenous people.” The resolution passed unanimously, with a final vote of 23–0–0.
The resolution also highlighted the lack of indigenous presence on Tufts’ campus, saying only ten faculty and students identified as Native American only.
Only one faculty member identifies as solely Native American, and completion of the Native American and Indigenous Studies minor consists of only four courses and a capstone project. Kirby said that the minor is not as intensive as it could be.
The resolution calls for an increase in Native American faculty and staff to address why the minor has so few requirements, as well as broaden these requirements and the available curriculum. The resolution also called on Tufts to accept more Native American students.
The resolution requested Tufts acknowledge its history with Native American and Indigenous peoples through a widespread digital statement, communications with the Senate and plaques in various public spaces around campus.
The Senate also passed supplementary funding requests made by Athletes of Color (AOC), the Lifting Club, Tufts Psychology Society and TEDXTufts.
AOC requested $1,837 for a Martin Luther King Jr. alumni event, as well as funding for tickets to the annual Harvard Africa Business Conference. The Allocations Board (ALBO) granted them $1,677.
The Lifting Club was granted $185 after requesting $2,000 to host a nutritionist and physical therapist, provide new equipment to their members and to hold two movie nights.
The Tufts Psychology Society requested $100 to cover costs for a trivia night, which the Office of Campus Life charges for weeknight events. ALBO voted to match this request, which the Senate approved.
Senate will also provide TEDXTufts with $2,000 for a new sign to improve the club’s set design. The sign is estimated to cost $1,800, and the additional money is expected to cover shipping costs.