County Commission adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day for second Monday in October

Sep 28, 2017 1080

BY: Tripp Stelnicki

County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a proclamation declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day should be celebrated in Santa Fe County the second Monday of October — a move several other cities and states, including the city of Santa Fe, have made to honor Native peoples on the federal holiday bearing Christopher Columbus’ name.

Although some advocates of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day movement contend it is necessary to counter or replace the annual celebration of the Italian explorer who many say perpetrated genocide, the declaration passed by county commissioners Tuesday “does not call for the end of Columbus Day,” according to a county memo attached to the proclamation, brought forth by Commissioners Ed Moreno and Anna Hansen.

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