The Salish Cultural Council created the language, "The University of Montana acknowledges that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people [,a number of whom are present with us today at this ceremony/event]. Today, we honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for the generations to come."
In 2016. Dean DeLuca of the W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation agreed to make the statement on the college website and at any public addresses made by the Dean or Associate Dean. The DAC (Diversity Advisory Council) encourages ongoing practice given the positive responses to the acknowledgement at commencement and other venues. Photos of Salish teepees on the land the University of Montana now occupies are available via the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections, which provide a visual representation of the verbal statement.