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LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT We gather on the land of the Council of the Three Fires – the Ojibwe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Indigenous nations of the Great Lakes region are also known as the Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay), or original people, and their language is Anishinaabemowin (Ah-nish-nah-bay-mow-in).

“Kalamazoo” itself is derived from the Anishinaabe word meaning to surround with smoke, and reflects the way the mist rises off the Kalamazoo River. Kalamazoo College rests on Potawatomi land – specifically, on the traditional land of Match-e-be-nash-she-wish and his people.

The United States began seeking land cessions in Michigan after the defeat of the British and their Anishinaabe allies in the War of 1812. Southwest Michigan was ceded in the 1821 Treaty of Chicago with small tracts of land reserved at the sites of prominent Potawatomi villages, including a three-mile square area for Match-e-be-nash-she-wish in present-day Kalamazoo. Under the 1827 Treaty of St. Joseph, the U.S. government did away with four of the five reserved areas, including the one in Kalamazoo, in an attempt to consolidate the Potawatomi as a precursor to removal west. Although many Potawatomi were forcibly removed in 1840, some bands found ways to remain, including the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish band. Their descendants belong to the sovereign nation known as the Gun Lake Tribe. The Tribe has never been compensated for the loss of their Kalamazoo reserve.

We acknowledge the enduring relationship that exists between the People of the Three Fires and this land.

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  • Planting Flowers in Red Square 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1997)
    Andrew Schleicher '97 (at far left) and three other students plant flowers in Red Square on the Day of Gracious Living.
  • Path to Mirror Lake 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    This photo is labeled "Path to Mirror Lake" on the back. The building at right is Bowen Hall. In the background is most likely Lovell Street.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Tug-of-War 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    An undated photograph of the annual freshman-sophomore tug-of-war contest that took place over Mirror Lake.
  • College Gymnasium and Mirror Lake 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1912)
    Built in 1911, the gymnasium can be seen from across Mirror Lake. This photo is labeled on back "Old Gym 1912. Mirror Lake in foreground. Scene of Fresh-Soph tug of war."
  • Welles Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    Interior of main room of Welles Hall.
  • Exterior of Upjohn Library 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975)
    Exterior view of the entrance of Upjohn Library.
  • Exterior of Upjohn Library 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1972-06)
    Exterior view of the entrance of Upjohn Library.
  • Interior of Upjohn Library 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975 circa)
    Interior view of Upjohn Library, showing card catalog, ca. 1975.
  • Interior of Upjohn Library 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    Interior of Upjohn Library, showing reference desk.
  • Interior of Upjohn Library 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1977)
    Interior of Upjohn Library, showing card catalog.
  • Exterior of Olds Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    Exterior view of R.E. Olds Science Hall, looking from the Quad.​
  • Exterior of Olds-Upton Science Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1974 circa)
    Exterior view of Olds-Upton Science Hall, c. 1974, looking from the Quad.​
  • Exterior of Olds-Upton Science Hall 

    Fischer, David (Kalamazoo College, 1974 circa)
    Exterior view of Olds-Upton Science Hall, c. 1974, looking from the Quad.
  • Exterior of Olds Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    Exterior view of R.E. Olds Science Hall, looking from the Quad.
  • Exterior of Olds Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    Exterior view of R.E. Olds Science Hall, looking from the Quad.
  • Science Lab in Olds Hall 

    Schiavone Studio (Kalamazoo College, 1956)
    Science lab interior in R.E. Olds Science Hall. Photo taken by Schiavone Studio, negative no. 18631-61.​
  • Classroom Interior in Olds Hall 

    Morgan, Ward (Kalamazoo College, 1943)
    Classroom interior in R.E. Olds Science Hall. Photo taken by Ward C. Morgan Studio, negative no. 1132-4.​
  • Science Lab in Olds Hall 

    Morgan, Ward (Kalamazoo College, 1943)
    Inorganic chemistry lab interior in R.E. Olds Science Hall. Photo taken by Ward C. Morgan Studio, negative no. 1132-2.​
  • Classroom in Olds Hall 

    Morgan, Ward (Kalamazoo College, 1943)
    Classroom interior in R.E. Olds Science Hall. Photo taken by Ward C. Morgan Studio, negative no. 1124-2.
  • Physics Lab in Olds Hall 

    Morgan, Ward (Kalamazoo College, 1943)
    View of physics lab in R.E. Olds Science Hall. Photo taken by Ward C. Morgan Studio, negative no. 1132-3.

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