Council considers passing indigenous peoples day resolution

Sep 26, 2018 138


Flagstaff City Council may be ready to declare Indigenous Peoples Day to occur on the second Monday of October, the same day as Columbus Day. A resolution to do so was originally brought up in 2015 by Councilmember Eva Putzova. But rather than passing a purely symbolic resolution, Council, pushed by indigenous members of the community, voted unanimously to begin the creation of a five-year plan centered on the indigenous community.

According to Christopher Jocks, an NAU professor and member of the group Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff, among the goals of that five-year plan are conducting a study to quantify the economic contribution of native peoples to the city, developing plans for a new Native American Community and Cultural Center and for the city to hire a liaison to work with the indigenous community.

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