Happy Indigenous People’s Day!
On Friday, President Biden issued a proclamation commemorating October 11 as Indigenous People’s Day. While he noted the harm done to Native Americans, “Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.”, he did not change the name of the federal holiday honoring Christopher Colombus. Sort of like celebrating the anniversary of a couple during the funeral of one partner who died by the hand of the other.
There are ways you can honor the native peoples of North America today, including land acknowledgment. Take some time to recognize and enjoy the contributions Native Americans have made and continue to make in contemporay society. Watch Reservation Dogs on Hulu, read Native American authors and listen to Indigenous musicians. And please call your members of Congress, state legislature, and local government officials and ask them to formally change the name to Indigenous People’s Day.