GML acknowledges the native land on which the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory and the NOAA observatories reside. The majority of our staff works and lives in Boulder, Colorado, within the occupied homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations.
The Mauna Loa Observatory resides on the land of former Kō Hawaiʻi Paeʻāina, or the Kingdom of Hawai’i. The Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory near Utqiaġvik, Alaska occupies Iñupiat Nunaŋat (“lands”), where Iñupiat (“the real people”) have lived in accordance with Iñupiat Ilitqusiat (“those things that make us who we are”) for thousands of years. The American Samoa Observatory resides on the United States Territory of American Samoa Tutuila Island on Point Matatula.
Indigenous peoples developed sophisticated and intricate knowledge systems that guided the stewardship of their lands for thousands of years. We pay respect to the ties these nations have to their traditional homelands and the many Indigenous people who still live and work in these locations. We deeply appreciate the offerings of Native communities to promote our mission in science.