Tribe and city in Michigan to observe Indigenous Peoples Day

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan celebrated its annual powwow in July. Photo by Natalie Shattuck / Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Observer, September 2014

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the city of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, will observe Indigenous Peoples Day on October 13.

The tribe adopted a resolution last month and the city followed suit on Monday. “I am proud of my tribe for taking a stand to acknowledge and recognize a day for indigenous people," Chief Steve Pego said in a press release.

The tribe's resolution states that the day will be used "to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that the Saginaw Chippewa and other Indigenous peoples ad to our city and community."

The designation, however, is not meant as a replacement for Columbus Day, a tribal spokesperson said. Both will be observed on the second Monday of October.

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Tribe, city recognize Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 10/9)

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