The Seattle City Council has honored indigenous peoples by declaring the second Monday in October (formerly known as Columbus Day) as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
From Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s office: “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.”
The Bellingham City Council also plans to consider a move to designate the second Monday in October as Coast Salish Day.