Haskell Indian Nations University wants city of Lawrence to recognize Indigenous People’s Day
Published September 30, 2015
LAWRENCE, KANSAS – Haskell Indian Nations University students are working to get Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized in Lawrence, Kansas.
Although the city does not officially celebrate Columbus Day, these students want a proclamation officially recognizing the second weekend of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Haskell senior Barbara Wolfin, Pit River Nation, says honoring Native ancestors is part of the reason she is working on the project.
“I believe it is important to do this because Haskell houses 150 different tribal nations and that is remarkable. To have that many nations represented and there is no recognition of our ancestors? It is 2015 and for the next generation of students coming here, they need to feel welcomed by the Lawrence community. We need to do this. “
The students will be hosting a walk from Haskell to downtown Lawrence October 6th to present the proclamation to the Lawrence City commission. October 12th Haskell students will also have a variety events for Indigenous People’s day with various speakers from Haskell and the University of Kansas.
Wolfin emphasized having the Lawrence community engaged, “we want people from the community to be involved with our events, it is open to everyone, not just Indigenous people.”
In recent years, other United States cities have formally adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate on the second Monday in October. Some cities replaced Columbus Day with it.
Link to the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1701381616764258/