The Synod is located on the lands of those we know as the Dakota, the Lakota, the Nakota, the Ho-Chunk, the Anishinaabe, the Ioway, the Ponca, the Omaha, the Pawnee, the Otoe people, the Kansas people, the Mandan, the Hidatsa, the Arikara, and the Cree. Minnesota has 11 reservations, North Dakota has 5, South Dakota has 9, Wisconsin has 11, Iowa has 3 and Nebraska has 6. Citizens of other tribal nations also reside in this region of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. We honor them with a good heart.
The long history in these six states of treaty negotiations, land use conflict, immigrant settlement and federal administration continues to this day. It is fundamental to remember this history and confess the injustice, in order for us to move to healing and a more just future together.