Seattle, Olympia celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 11, 2015, 2:42 PM | Updated: Oct 12, 2015, 10:05 am

A flyer on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque calls for students to join a p...

A flyer on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque calls for students to join a protest against Columbus Day. Monday, marks the annual Columbus Day nationwide, but in a twist that signals a growing trend, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine U.S. cities this year. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

As the U.S. observes Columbus Day on Monday, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine U.S. cities, including Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington.

The Seattle City Council approved a resolution to designate the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate the culture of Native Americans.

“This resolution is about more than just a name change, it is about educating ourselves and our children about taking a stand against racism and discrimination,” Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the lead sponsor of the measure, said last year.

The measure calls on city departments to create educational programs and celebrations for Indigenous Peoples Day. It also calls on the Seattle School District to increase the teaching of history of indigenous people.

Seattle event:

Winona LaDuke, Native American Activist, environmentalist, and author, will speak at Seattle City Hall as part of the Race & Social Justice Initiative National Speaker Series. 11:30 a.m.

Last October, some Italian Americans in Seattle promised action to preserve Columbus Day &#8212 on the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day &#8212 and keep it at the forefront.

“We think it’s a real slap in the face to all of those of Italian heritage,” said Ralph Fascitelli, a spokesman for Seattle’s Italian American community, said in an interview before the unanimous council vote.

Encouraged by city council votes in Minneapolis and Seattle last year, Native American activists have made a push in dozens of cities to get local leaders to officially recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Their success was mixed.

They say the indigenous holiday takes into account the history and contributions of Native Americans for a more accurate historical record.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

MyNorthwest News

Image: The broken steering column of a car recently stolen by a group of teenagers and a 12-year-ol...

James Lynch

Teenagers, 12-year-old charged with violent crime spree in Seattle

King County prosecutors announced charges against three teenagers and a 12-year-old child for a crime spree earlier this month in Seattle.

8 hours ago

Image: The Auburn Police Department and Kings County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an incident in ...

Steve Coogan

Suspect dead in Auburn after eviction order leads to officer involved shooting

The King County Sheriff's Office confirmed its deputies were involved in an officer involved shooting Friday morning in Auburn.

12 hours ago

Image: Traffic on Interstate 5 passes through downtown on Nov. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Seattle, locat...

Steve Coogan

If you haven’t already left for the holiday weekend, you’re in trouble

AAA notes that traveling by car is appealing for many during a holiday weekend because of the flexibility it provides. But it brings traffic.

12 hours ago

spd chief leave...

Frank Sumrall

SPD’s assistant chief placed on administrative leave

The Assistant Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has been placed on administrative leave, according to Police Chief Adrian Diaz.

18 hours ago

constitutional unlawful detainer...

Matt Markovich

How does Washington fix its eviction case backlog? A constitutional change is needed

King County is struggling with this workload due to a constitutional requirement that unlawful detainer cases must be heard by a constitutional commissioner.

20 hours ago

king county gangs...

James Lynch

Are big time gangs operating in King County?

After a string of shootings, King County prosecutors believe the region is suffering from a gang problem, but it's more complicated than it seems.

21 hours ago

Seattle, Olympia celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day