KCMO declares Monday October 9th to be Indigenous Peoples Day

The same day as the federal Columbus Day holiday

October 09, 2017 - 12:47 pm
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Kansas City, MO - The city council adopted a resolution proclaiming today, Monday October 9, 2017 to be Indigenous Peoples Day.

In the U.S., the second monday of October is marked as Columbus Day, an observation of the anniversary of the explorer's arrival on an island in what is now the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.

Many Italian Americans honor their heritage on Columbus Day with parades and festivals, due to Columbus' Italian heritage.

However, in recent years, indigenous people and others have rallied against the holiday, claiming Columbus enslaved and murdered many indigenous people.

There is now a growing movement to reclaim the day in honor of indigenous people and their unique cultures and contributions. 

 

Read the full Kansas City city council resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 170786

Declaring Monday, October 9, 2017, as Indigenous People’s Day in Kansas City, Missouri.

WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus, a man who is known to have "discovered" the Americas, came upon land that was already inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and

WHEREAS,   Columbus' voyage to the Americas opened the door to crimes, including but not limited to the introduction of transatlantic slavery and genocidal acts against Indigenous People; and...

 

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