OKLAHOMA CITY — More and more communities are ditching Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of Oct.
Columbus Day should be immediately changed to "Indigenous People's Day." It should be a national day of atonement for genocide.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 12, 2015
Cities like Portland, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Seattle, St. paul, Olympia, and Anadarko have already joined the movement.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 12, 2015
— jaime alvarez (@jaimealvarez__) October 12, 2015
The Principal Chief of Creek Nation, George P. Tiger, wrote a letter to Oklahoma City city leaders to ask that they honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, too.
“As you may know, Columbus Day is hurtful and painful to our native peoples while Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an opportunity to reflect upon and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Indigenous nations add to our state.”
Tiger went on to say that Indigenous People have made many contributions in “labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts, and deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of the State of Oklahoma.”
Click here to view the full Chief Tiger Letter to OKC Mayor & City Council.