The present Princeton premise regarding land acknowledgement is certainly sound enough, but it comes up far short regarding land on this continent usurped, “without consultation,” by colonial populations. The valid concept, taken to its logical extension, has to acknowledge every and all species (plant and animal) adversely affected by the still-active self-absorbed disregard of the usurpers. 

The University itself has to consider and reflect upon the continuous sprawl of its own fleshy facilities footprint, and the seemingly endless compulsive expansion of its buildings, infrastructure, and hardscape. Perhaps building below grade needs to be considered. 

If the reported conversation is earnest in its intent, then “walking the talk” should be reflected in the record.

Rocky Semmes ’79
Alexandria, Va.