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A Statement on Indigenous Land and Colonial Spaces

The University Press of Colorado, including its University of Alaska Press, Utah State University Press, and University of Wyoming Press imprints (collectively UPC), has roots in many institutions across Colorado, Alaska, Utah, and Wyoming, all of which function as colonial spaces within and on primarily unceded lands that are and were home to many nations and bands of Indigenous peoples. Those peoples and their lands are recognized in the institutional acknowledgments below. In addition, our staff live beyond those places, in and on still other homelands and territories that have long been, and remain still, places of life, tradition, and celebration, but also places of forced removal, suffering, genocide, and occupation. 

As a publisher of scholarly books that draws its influence from colonial systems—systems of higher education that have long played a part in the suppression of Indigenous voices, the destruction of Indigenous communities, and the theft of Indigenous land—UPC sees the violent results of colonization on Indigenous peoples around the world, and most especially in the places where, and ways in which, our staff live and work. UPC commits to recognizing and communicating that impact and our role in it, and UPC commits to recognizing the sovereignty of the people and nations whose land we occupy, seeking ways to amplify the voices of Indigenous people both within our publications and beyond, and supporting efforts to return land to those nations. 

UPC commits to deepening our understanding of sovereignty and land return as it relates to the tribal nations within our reach—including but not limited to the Arapaho and Shoshone in the Mountain West and the Yupik and Iñupiaq1 in Alaska—with the hope that we will build relationships with these communities and find ways to assist their efforts through our publishing program or other avenues of support. 

Updated 2/14/23; will update annually in July

1Those tribal nations that have been named here represent those whose lands our institutions occupy and/or those about whom we have published most extensively.

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A Material History of the American Indian School Experience

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The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina
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Taprarmiuni Kassiyulriit / Stebbins Dance Festival

Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story

Teaching American Indian Rhetorics

The Dall Sheep Dinner Guest

Iñupiaq Narratives of Northwest Alaska

The Eskimo Storyteller

Folktales from Noatak, Alaska

The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century

American Capitalism and Tribal Natural Resources

Second Edition

The Longest Story Ever Told

Qayaq the Magical Man

The Tanana Chiefs

Native Rights and Western Law

The Upper Tanana Dene

People of This Land

The Whales, They Give Themselves

The Conversations with Harry Brower, Sr.

Ultimate Americans

Point Hope, Alaska 1826-1909

Where the Echo Began

and Other Oral Traditions from Southwestern Alaska Recorded by Hans Himmelheber

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