Oct 6, 2016 - Three More Cities Pass Indigenous Peoples Day Resolutions

This past week, the movement to abolish Columbus Day on the local level continued to gain momentum as the cities of Yakima , Denver and Phoenixpassed Indigenous Peoples Day resolutions.

Phoenix is the largest city to date to pass an Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution.  Denver, which has been a central battle ground in the fight against Columbus Day with its annual Columbus Day parade and counter demonstrations, finally approved its resolution, and Yakima, located in Washington State, becomes the fifth city that in that state to pass a resolution to honor Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October.

Picture from Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples Day

At the start of 2014, only two local jurisdictions, Berkeley, CA and the state of South Dakota, did not celebrate Columbus Day.  Following the passage of Indigenous Peoples Day resolutions in Minneapolis and Seattle in 2014, over 20 cities, and the state of Alaska, have passed similar resolutions.

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

by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)

Matt Remle is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire. Follow @wakiyan7

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