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In Minneapolis, Columbus Day to become Indigenous Peoples Day

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s largest city will honor American Indians, not Christopher Columbus, on the second day of October.

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges on Friday unanimously approved a resolution making the change.

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The new holiday will be known as Indigenous Peoples Day beginning this year.

Minneapolis has observed the federal Columbus Day holiday.

“This act recognizes and celebrates the native people who still live on this land and will foster stronger relationships moving forward,” Hodges said. “I am grateful to the community for organizing to make this a reality and am honored to sign this resolution, something I promised last summer I would.”

The concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around since at least 1977. Since then, several American cities have adopted the holiday in various forms.

“The American Indian community is so important to our city, and I’m glad to see the city and community working so closely together,” City Council President Barb Johnson said.

The resolution encourages businesses, organizations and other public entities to observe the new holiday.

It reads, in part: “The city of Minneapolis shall continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of the Minneapolis American Indian and Indigenous community. … Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations add to our city.”

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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