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Mark your Seattle calendars for Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015

(Image: City of Seattle)

(Image: City of Seattle)

Monday, Mayor Ed Murray signed the resolution proclaiming the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Seattle:

“Seattle sits on the homelands of many tribal nations,” Murray said at a ceremony surrounded by tribal leaders and City councilmembers. “We have many ongoing works with our neighbor tribes, and we welcome the tens of thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have come to call this city home. Today’s commemoration is intended to spark a productive conversation about the contributions of indigenous peoples, and, most importantly, their continued involvement in the cultural fabric of our community and the entire country.”1559303_732859353454876_4236350902395162747_o

Mark your calendars. Next year you won’t have to be sad about the holiday. You can learn more about the resolution here.

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Ask Murray when he will fix this Irish problem
Ask Murray when he will fix this Irish problem
6 years ago

Just sayin’ that while we are renaming holidays in Seattle, St. Patrick’s Day should be renamed Lughnasadh and the date should be moved to August. St. Patrick’s Day reflects the Christian usurpation native Irish culture and Lughnasadh honors the indigenous traditions of Ireland.

Hmmm
Hmmm
6 years ago

(Sigh)

Stuart
Stuart
6 years ago

Do the indigenous people like the fact their holiday celebrates the arrival of a race of people who were bent on destroying them and very nearly did so? Seems pretty ironic.

Robert
Robert
6 years ago
Reply to  Stuart

Heh heh, good point! I say we should move this holiday to Chief Seattle’s date of death (we don’t know his exact birthday), which would be June 7th. But I would agree we should scrap a day honoring a genocidal maniac and honor a real hero: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

Or perhaps an Italian-American hero, take your pick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian_Americans