In December 2018, President Tony Frank released a statement on the Land Acknowledgement at CSU.

The official CSU Land Acknowledgement is below, and should be spoken or printed in its entirety when used, not altered or rewritten. When this statement is used, it should be done with respect for its intent and purpose as part of a welcome – not as part of event logistics or as a routine house-keeping item. If you are interested in presenting the land acknowledgment before the official usage guidelines are published in the spring of 2019, please feel free to reach out to the NACC office, Vice President for Enrollment and Access Leslie Taylor, or the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, and they will be happy to provide assistance.

Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it.  As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. 

CSU is founded as a land grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this university was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.