Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Passes Resolution to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day

Urges City of Mount Pleasant to recognize Indigenous People’s Day

— The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan will be the first city and tribe in the state of Michigan to officially acknowledge Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October, the same day Columbus Day is recognized by the federal government.

The tribe’s announcement comes on the heels of the cities of  Seattle and Minneapolis that redesignated Indigenous Peoples Day as an official holiday instead of Columbus Day.

On September 10, 2014, Tribal Council passed Resolution 14-152 which states the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe officially recognizes Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October and “urges the City of Mount Pleasant to officially recognize it as well, along with celebrating the thriving culture of indigenous peoples and to encourage other businesses, organizations and public entities and support celebration among the broader community.”

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Chief Steve Pego

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Chief Steve Pego

I am proud of my Tribe for taking a stand to acknowledge and recognize a day for indigenous people,” commented Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Chief Steven Pego.

The Mount Pleasant City Commission, on behalf of Mayor Tillman, is invited to a reception at the City Commission Chambers on Monday, October 13 located at 320 West Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m. where a proclamation will be presented to Tribal Sub-Chief Lorna Kahgegab Call.   Tribal and community members are encouraged to attend.

Columbus Day has been officially recognized as a federal holiday since 1937.


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