Alaska celebrates first permanent Indigenous Peoples Day

Alaska celebrates first permanent Indigenous Peoples Day

Alaska celebrates first permanent Indigenous Peoples Day

Several hundred people filled a commons area at Alaska Pacific University's Atwood Center at lunchtime on Monday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

"Telling people the true story about what happened at the mission, what happened with Columbus Day is why we're here". "The only thing that matches it's beauty is it's culture, and that's what we celebrate on this Indigenous Peoples Day, is the culture that binds this state together". Director of the Native American Cultural Center Kelly Fayard, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, told the News that the celebration was a "great success", despite the heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday.

"AFN is greatly heartened by the outpouring of support from Alaskans in making Indigenous Peoples Day permanent".

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"It's definitely grown in scale", said Haylee Kushi '18 (Kanaka Maoli), president of the ANAAY. "We wanted to shift away from that and really start honoring the indigenous people who were here first", said San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon. According to Kushi, Dorame's appointment a little over two years ago has helped ease the challenges students from indigenous backgrounds face when applying to Yale and drawn attention to the value they bring to the campus community. "But I am going to recognize our indigenous people who have been here for thousands of years". In New York City, protesters rallied at a 115-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus near Central Park, calling for its removal and for the city to make the second Monday of each October Indigenous Peoples' Day. "The history of this land continues to be written by indigenous people", Mallot added. In 1994, the United Nations declared the world's first Indigenous Peoples Day and now Charlottesville has joined in.

One woman with a deep Monacan heritage says this recognition is a step in the right direction.

Bill Walker attended Monday's celebration at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

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