Current Events: Minneapolis to mark Indigenous Peoples Day as alternative to Columbus

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October 13, 2014 by mrcaseyhistory

Minneapolis city council voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day but said the city would still recognize Columbus

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Minneapolis will recognize Indigenous Peoples Day at the same time as Columbus Day from this year forward, the city council voted unanimously on Friday, becoming the first city in the state to officially name a counter-celebration to the controversial holiday.

“The City of Minneapolis recognizes the annexation of Dakota homelands for the building of our city, and knows Indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial,” the city council resolutionread.

“Therefore, be it resolved by the city council that the city of Minneapolis shall recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October.”

For indigenous activists, the recognition has been a long time coming.

“For me, it’s been almost 50 years that we’ve been talking about this pirate,” Clyde Bellecourt, a civil rights organizer, said in reference to Columbus.

 

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