NCBI Rochester is committed to ending all oppressions that underlie the many disparities and injustices in our midst. To that end we take time to recognize the heritage and contributions of the indigenous peoples who stewarded the land we live on today. The six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, known as the Haudenosaune, include the Cayuga, Mohawk Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations. Areas in and around Monroe County are historically located within Seneca territory.

Acknowledging the hardships and atrocities that many indigenous peoples endured is necessary if we are to restore respect and equity between us despite a history of racism and dominance that have separated us through the centuries. May this statement be our commitment to redress past injustices to all indigenous peoples, and work in harmony to create a society where everyone is valued, respected and cherished.