Totah mayor proclaims ‘Indigenous Peoples Day

Sep 29, 2017 620

BY: Alysa Landry

Five hundred and 25 years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the city of Farmington is taking a closer look at the Italian explorer and the holiday that celebrates his voyage. During a regular city council meeting Tuesday, Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts officially proclaimed the second Monday in October every year as “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Although the proclamation does not explicitly replace the designation of that same date as Columbus Day, it does add nuance to conversations about European explorers and the destruction of America’s Indigenous people. “This proclamation represents a desire to demonstrate respect for our neighbors,” Roberts said during the meeting.

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