Indigenous Peoples Day in New Hampshire

Indigenous Peoples Day in New Hampshire

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Kyra Dulmage started this petition to Governor Chris Sununu

Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day for New Hampshire

by a group of 5th graders in New Hampshire

              New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die”. What Christopher Columbus did does not live up to this ideal. Columbus brought diseases and forced the indigenous people into slavery. His “discovery” also led to the colonization of this land. Settlers took the knowledge of the Native Americans but treated them with disrespect by calling them savages. The original stewards of the New Hampshire land are the Wabanaki, Abenaki, and Penacook peoples. These peoples want peace, recognition and respect. They want people to know that they still live here. They also want our land to be clean.

If we have a holiday celebrating Indigenous people, everyone would learn about stereotypes and how they aren’t true. Some stereotypes that people still believe about Indigenous people, are the feathers they maybe still wear sometimes. They don’t just find a random feather and just stick it in their head. They have to work hard to be able to earn it. Another stereotype that people still believe is that they have red skin. That is racist. And some people still think that they still live in teepees. Different tribes live in different houses. Some tribes would live in log cabins. Now they live in normal houses just like anyone would. Nowadays, they only use teepees for camping or for ceremonies. There are toys sold that depict Native Americans in traditional costumes. This makes people think that Native Americans all should dress like that in order to be recognized as Native Americans. This is disrespectful. If we make Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday people will know more about how to respect Indigenous culture and identity. The future generation would have correct information and use it to be respectful towards others' identity.

Before Columbus arrived, everything was peaceful for the Native Americans. The Indigenous people used stuff that was good for the environment; it was all natural. The Native Americans were innocent people who were treated wrong by Christopher Columbus. The Native Americans didn’t want to fight the Europeans, they just wanted to protect their home. As a result, Columbus Day should not be celebrated and we should celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. So please sign our petition and send this to your friends to make Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday. We hope the New Hampshire legislators will vote yes on NH HB 155.

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