by Miriam Zmiewski-Angelova in collaboration with Storme Webber, Brit Reed, Leanne Rye Brock, and Kailyn Jordan
Since the 2014 passing of the Native led resolution to turn the second Monday of every October into Indigenous Peoples’ Day, replacing Christopher Columbus Day (murderer of Indigenous peoples, rapist, and prolific slave trader), the holiday has honored the legacy and solidarity of Indigenous communities in Seattle for years. Today, on Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, it is a somber reality that we cannot celebrate in the same ways as the past because of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Our country is also facing the compounding effects of public outcry against the ongoing violence and deaths of Black and Brown bodies at the hands of law enforcement, increased incidences of threats and violence by various white supremacist groups, the collapse of many healthcare, employment, education, and housing systems due to a struggling economy, and an incredibly contentious presidential election.
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by Susan Fried
Led by Indigenous Sisters Resistance, Indigenous Peoples’ Day rally attendees sang, “today is for us, Indigenous people, rise up, sing loud, celebrate and be proud,” their words ringing through Westlake Park on Oct. 14.
Continue reading In Photos: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebrates Worldwide Indigenous Cultures and Heritage
by Carolyn Bick
Despite its large, open space, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center was almost overflowing Monday evening, many generations of Indigenous people packing the center for the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day celebration.
Continue reading Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration Honors Womxn, Remembers Those Missing and Murdered
by Matt Remle
“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
It should be understood, with little explanation, why the federal holiday Columbus Day is so deeply problematic. Columbus is celebrated by Euro colonizers for having “discovered” the New World. Of course, Indigenous inhabitants, whom have lived in the so-called “New World” since time immemorial, would greatly dispute that Columbus discovered anything.
Continue reading Reclaiming History: Why We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day