Last Wednesday, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the (federal) Columbus Day holiday.
The Board said it “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”
The resolution also says the board “has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.”
It urges district staff to “include the teaching of the history, culture and government of the indigenous peoples of our state.”
The Seattle City Council will vote next Monday, Oct. 6, whether to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as the Columbus Day holiday.
“We know Columbus Day is a federal holiday, we are not naive about that, but what we can do and what you have seen is a movement,” said Matt Remle, supporter of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day designation.
Some Italian-Americans weren’t thrilled with sharing Columbus Day, however. Many support the idea of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday … but would prefer it celebrated on a different day.
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