Copyright 2011 Michael Riffle (http://michaelriffle.smugmug.com/),
American Indian Community asked to attend tomorrow’s Seattle Council Meeting historic vote
SEATTLE — This past Wednesday the Seattle School Board passed a resolution to recognize “Indigenous People’s Day,” which passed unanimously.
The vote came before the Seattle City Council will decide on Monday, October 6, 2014, to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day. Seattle’s American Indian community and allies are asked to attend the historic vote at City Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The resolution says the board “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”
WHEREAS, the School Board has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education, and social crises; and
WHEREAS, the School Board seeks to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and institutionalized racism, and to promote awareness, understanding, and good relations among indigenous peoples and all other segments of our District…
The board’s resolution states the school district will continues its support of the well-being and growth of every student – but “especially of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous students.”
Many American Indians have long resisted the observance of a day to honor Christopher Columbus, who is credited with “discovering” the Americas in American history.
Some states do not observe Columbus Day, including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota. The day has been a federal holiday since 1937.