ST. PAUL (Aug. 12, 2015) — The City of Saint Paul City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution recognizing “Indigenous People’s Day” in the City of Saint Paul.
The resolution reaffirms the City of Saint Paul’s commitment to promoting the well-being and growth of Saint Paul’s American Indian and Indigenous communities. Acknowledging the powerful history of American Indians, the second Monday in October will also be known as “Indigenous People’s Day” in Saint Paul.
The resolution, co-sponsored by all seven City Council members, and drafted by the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission and members of the American Indian community, recognizes indigenous populations and the numerous contributions of American Indian people and culture. The City of Saint Paul is committed to closing equity gaps for all residents, and encourages policies and practices that reflect the capabilities of American Indians.
“This is a long overdue acknowledgment of the contributions of indigenous communities to our culture and society,” said Saint Paul City Council President Russ Stark.
Indigenous People’s Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations, and has since been adopted by cities like Berkeley, Seattle, and Minneapolis. The resolution states that the city will continue to recognize Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday, and the City of Saint Paul will also celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on the same day.