Monday, October 12, 2015

Celebrate Indigenous People's Day

"This war did not spring up on our land, this war was brought upon us by the children of the Great Father who came to take our land without a price, and who, in our land, do a great many evil things. This war has come from robbery, from the stealing of our land." — Spotted Tail

I WROTE an HLSS post called A Day for a Day in December of 2013 advocating that here in the US we abolish Columbus Day and add July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day for Freedom, Justice and Democracy. The United Nations General Assembly declared that day as such almost six years ago.


I realize now that I was only half right. Abolishing Columbus Day didn't go far enough. We need keep the day as a holiday, but instead make it Indigenous Peoples' Day. Various cities around the country have already done just that! Huzzah!! Wherever you live, let's rally and petition and speak to that. Below find an article from U.S. Uncut that esteemed friend Galen Floyd Brooks hipped me to.





These 8 Cities Just Abolished Columbus Day

Three more cities adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day in just the past 48 hours.

By Dylan Sevett

October 8, 2015

Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th – typically known to most as “Columbus Day” within the USA– as Indigenous Peoples’ day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.


In the past two months, eight cities got rid of Columbus Day in favor of adopting Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Three of those cities adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day this week.


1. Albuquerque, NM – The city’s formal declaration”encourages businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, which shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that our Indigenous nations add to our City.”


2. Lawrence, KS – Since September, students from Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas have been taking initiative and pushing for the city to honor their ancestors by declaring October 12th Indigenous Peoples’ day. Just this Wednesday, they won.


3. Portland, OR – Portland’s City Council declared Indigenous Peoples’ day on Tuesday, something tribal leaders have been seeking since 1954.


4. St. Paul, MN – In August, St. Paul followed Minneapolis by declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. Minneapolis passed its own resolution last year.


5. Bexar County, TX – The resolution was passed Tuesday, and local activists intend to press for the same thing in San Antonio.


6. Anadarko, OK – In September, Anadarko declared Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Anadarko Mayor Kyle Eastwood signed the proclamation while surrounded by tribal leaders from the Apache, Choctaw, Delaware, Wichita and others.


7. Olympia, WA – Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones presented Olympia’s proclamation at a rally in August. Nearly 150 people showed up to support the initiative.


8. Alpena, MI – In September, Mayor Matt Waligora declared Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The city says they desire “to develop a strong and productive relationship with all indigenous peoples, including the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, based on mutual respect and trust.”


These cities are following in the footsteps of Seattle and Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City came close to passing it in September and will try to pass it again on October 13th, the day after the holiday.


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