Oct 3, 2014 - For Immediate Release: Oct 6th Seattle City Council to Vote on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” Resolution

For Immediate Release: Seattle city council to vote on naming the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

DATE: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 11:00—2:00 pm;
Place: Lower Terrace, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Contact: Matt Remle
(206) 639-3610
Or e-mail to mcremle@hotmail.com

Members of Seattle’s Urban and Reservation Native Communities’ invite you to show your support at Seattle City Hall on Monday, October 6, 2014, when the City of Seattle Council will vote on a city resolution to name the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day.   The resolution was initiated by members the Native community and co-sponsored by Council-members Kshama Sawant and Bruce Harrell.

Please join us for this historic vote through your support by bringing your peaceful songs, drums, supporting words and signs. Wear something indigenous!

Prominent members of the Native American and Alaska Native community and other will speak to support abolishing Columbus Day and declare this day Indigenous Peoples’ Day and encourage Seattle Public Schools to teach the history of indigenous peoples to this region and the United States.

Columbus Day as a national, and international, phenomenon reflects a much larger dynamic that promotes myriad myths and historical lies that have been used through the ages to dehumanize Indians, justifying the theft of our lands, the attempted destruction of our nations and the genocide against our people.” ~Russell Means & Glenn Morris

The purpose of this resolution is for the City of Seattle to:

• Strongly support that Indigenous Peoples’ Day be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of Indigenous Peoples of our region; and,

• Strongly encourage Seattle Public Schools to include the teaching of indigenous people’s history as recommended by 2005 Washington State House Bill 1495 sponsored by Rep. John McCoy; and,

• Encourage other businesses, organizations, and public institutions to recognize Indigenous People’s Day.

People can also support by:

1. Contacting the Seattle city council and letting them know: “I support Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle” council@seattle.gov

2. Signing & sharing the Seattle Human Rights Commissions petition: https://www.change.org/p/seattle-city-council-support-indigenous-peoples-day-in-seattle

The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution is supported and/or endorsed by:

1) The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians
2) Last Real Indians
3) The Seattle Human Rights Commission
4) Youth Undoing Institutional Racism
5) the Peoples’ Institute Northwest
6) The American Friends Service Committee: Community Justice Program
7) Huy
8) Native Action Network
9) The Northwest Indian Bar Association
10)The Swinomish Indian Tribe
11) The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
12) Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
13) Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission
14) United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
15) El Centro de la Raza
16) The Seattle School Board
17) Seattle Indian Health Board
18) Longhouse Media
19) Western Washington Native American Education Consortium
20) Urban Native Education Council
21) Puyallup Tribe
22) Squaxin Island Tribe
23) Clearwater Film
24) Latino Education & Training Institute
25) Seattle LGBT Commission
26) Amnesty International University Washington
27) InterChange Media Art Productions
28) University Unitarian Church
29) Social Workers Stand Up
30) SEIU 775
31) One America
32) Kanji & Katzen PLLC
33) Mujeres of the Northwest
34) Entre Hermanos
35) Sacred Water Canoe Family

Last Real Indians