It is important to acknowledge the land on which the UC Davis campus is located. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. This campus is Patwin land and remains an important part of Patwin heritage and identity.
To honor this legacy and ensure people remain aware of the land they are on, UC Davis has designed several installations in consultation with Patwin Elder Bill Wright and his family, in addition to faculty and students from Native American Studies, staff of American Indian Descent (SAID), as well as representatives from Student Affairs, the office of Finance, Operations and Administration and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. The Native American Contemplative Garden is part of this effort. The Native American Contemplative Garden is part of this effort.