ABQ City Council votes to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

Updated: 10/07/2015 10:35 PM | Created: 10/07/2015 9:49 PM
By: Web Staff

The Albuquerque City Council voted 6-3 Wednesday to recognize the second Monday in October – generally recognized as Columbus Day – as Indigenous Peoples Day instead.

The council's proclamation "encourages businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day which shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that our Indigenous nations add to our City."

The idea of Indigenous Peoples Day first was proposed in 1977 by a Native American delegation to a United Nations conference. Representatives from 120 Native American nations passed a resolution to recognize the contributions of Indigenous people.

Councilors Dan Lewis, Trudy Jones and Don Harris did not sign the proclamation.

Several other cities across the country have also recently began to recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

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