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News :: Human Rights : Race
Cambridge, MA Declares Indigenous Peoples' Day
10 Jun 2016
The second Monday in October will now be recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Monday, June 6th, 2016, Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of Cambridge, making it the first major city in the northeastern United States to enact this change. Cambridge joins Berkley, California; Seattle, Washington; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Carrboro, North Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the state of Alaska in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. The effort to make this transition has been underway since 1992, which marked the 500th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage. Monday's council meeting heard comments from dozens of supporters, including Indigenous representatives from the Wampanoag tribe, native to Massachusetts, as well as the Lakota tribe.

Additional comments were made by activist organizations including the Harvard University Native American Program, the North American Indian Center of Boston, and Cultural Survival, as well as a group of 8th grade students from the Putnam Upper school in Cambridge, who after studying the history of Columbus's arrival, were inspired to make a change.

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