Minneapolis to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges today unanimously approved a resolution that will recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis, beginning this year.

Along with the federal government, Minneapolis has for many years recognized the second Monday in October as Columbus Day. Today’s resolution recognizes the day as Indigenous Peoples Day, marking and celebrating the significance of the American Indian and Indigenous community in Minneapolis, as well as the city’s history of American Indian activism.

The concept of Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations at a United Nations-sponsored conference, and has since been adopted in various forms by several cities around the country.

Minneapolis’ resolution, in part, states, “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 and values the progress our society has accomplished through American Indian technology, thought, and culture.”

It goes on to resolve that, “The City of Minneapolis shall continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of the Minneapolis American Indian and Indigenous community. … Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous nations add to our city.”

As part of the resolution, the City of Minneapolis also encourages other businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.

The full resolution is available on the City’s website.

Published Apr 25, 2014