First Native American cabinet member runs Boston Marathon on Indigenous People’s Day

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US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ran this year’s Boston Marathon as a tribute to the “missing and murdered indigenous people.”

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Ms Haaland, who became the first Native American cabinet secretary in March this year, ran a 26.2-mile marathon on Monday, the same date as Indigenous People’s Day was celebrated in the country this year.

He explained the reasons for participating in an op-ed he wrote for Boston Globe on Monday.


The Interior Secretary said it was “a tribute to the missing and killed indigenous peoples and their families, the victims of Indian boarding schools, and the promise that our voices are being heard and that our voices are being heard and in this new era in an equal and just future.” Will be a part.”

“My feet will pound the ancestral homes of the Massachusetts, Mashpee Wampanoag and Pawket peoples and follow in the footsteps of the Indigenous runners who have competed in this race throughout its 125-year history,” wrote Ms. Haaland.

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“I started running about 20 years ago,” she continued. “While running my first marathon, I began to think deeply about the story of our people, who have used running not only to gain space but to maintain their traditions and culture,” he said.

“I run because my ancestors gave me this ability.”

In a Twitter post, Ms Haaland said: “It is more important than ever to recognize the indigenous people as the first stewardess of this country.”

This year the 125th edition of the famous Boston Marathon has drawn criticism because the date of the event coincided with Indigenous People’s Day.

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon, publicly apologized for the date conflict, saying the marathon would be a tribute to the late Alison “Tarzan” Brown, a member of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island who lived in the 1930s. I won the race twice.

Credit: / Deb Haaland

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