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Across the country, many colleges are holding events to celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day,” which for years has been celebrating Christopher Columbus as a federal holiday in appreciation of Native peoples.

The Denmos Museum Center, located at Northwestern Michigan College, will offer free admission and an outdoor program hosted by Native American success coach Todd Parker and members of NMC’s Native American Student Organization.

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Vank Sheik, an Indigenous student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will host a session of POWTO at 7 p.m. at Gordon Commons.

For the first time ever, Boston University will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate “the achievements of Indigenous, Native American, and First Nations peoples.”

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on that Website, the university prepared a recommended reading list in honor of the holiday.

Meanwhile, Stanford University “land acknowledgmentThe website respects relationships with Indigenous peoples. Schools say it encourages the use of land acknowledgments at events to celebrate relationships with Muwekma Ohlone and other Indigenous communities.

The University at Buffalo issued a similar announcement, saying it would celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in honor of the indigenous people who were the first inhabitants of North America.

“UB acknowledges that our campuses operate on land that is the traditional territory of the Seneca Nation, which is a member of the Houdenosauni Union, and that the area remains home to the Houdenosauni people,” the school said in a statement. Statement. “Furthermore, we responsibly acknowledge the continuing impact of settler colonialism on Houdensouni and their territories.”

Columbus Day has been mired in controversy for decades. Arriving in what is now the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus, an Italian, was followed by a wave of European explorers who exterminated native populations in the Americas in search of gold and other wealth to enslave the people.

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President Joe Biden surprised many on Friday after issuing the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous People’s Day. The day will coincide with Columbus Day, which has been established by Congress.

President Joe Biden gestures on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, October 8, 2021.

“For generations, federal policies have systematically sought to assimilate and displace natives and erase native cultures,” Biden wrote in the announcement for Indigenous Peoples Day. “Today, we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples, as well as the immeasurable positive impact they have made on every aspect of American society.”

In a separate proclamation on Columbus Day, Biden praised the role of Italian Americans in American society, but also noted the violence and harm Columbus and other explorers of the era brought on America.

“Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of the mistakes and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on tribal nations and indigenous communities,” Biden wrote. “It is a measure of our greatness as a nation that we try not to bury these shameful episodes of our past – that we face them honestly, we bring them to light, and that we address them.” Make every effort to.”

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