Recognize Indigenous People's Day on the 2nd Monday of October!
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We can do better than Columbus Day. We urge the City Council to pass a Resolution recognizing the 2nd Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day.
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1. Sign the petition
2. Contact Olympia City Council
PO Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
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The following Draft Resolution was brought to the Olympia City Council meeting on October 14, 2014:
A RESOLUTION relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day; declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Olympia; and encouraging other institutions to recognize the Day.
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia recognizes that Indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial and values the progress our society has accomplished through American Indian technology, thought, and culture; and
WHEREAS, the City recognizes the fact that Olympia is built upon the homeland and meeting places of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible; and
WHEREAS, the City promotes the closing of the equity gap for Indigenous Peoples through policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation's indigenous roots, history, and contributions; and
WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples' Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations- sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and
WHEREAS, in 2011 the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, representing 59 Tribes from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California, Western Montana and some Alaskan Tribes, passed resolution #11-57 to "Support to Change Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October) to Indigenous Peoples' Day"; and
WHEREAS, the United States federal government and the City of Olympia recognize Columbus Day on the second Monday of October, in accordance with the federal holiday established in 1937.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Olympia:
That the City of Olympia shall hereafter recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Indigenous Peoples’ Day shall be used to celebrate the thriving culture and values that the Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, Duwamish, and other Indigenous nations add to our city, and to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous People on this land.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Olympia reaffirms our commitment to fostering communication with local nations on issues concerning Indigenous People.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Olympia strongly encourages Olympia Public Schools to include the teaching of Indigenous Peoples’ history and the contribution of American Indian nations to the state of Washington, as stated in the millennial accord of 1999 and recommended by Chapter 205, Session Laws of 2005.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Olympia encourages other businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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