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Indigenous People’s Day events include sunrise ceremony at Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska)

While much of the country celebrates Columbus Day on Monday, many events will be held in the Twin Cities commemorating Indigenous People’s Day.

The Minneapolis City Council renamed the holiday last year; St. Paul has it both ways: the city council voted to recognize Indigenous People’s Day but also to continue recognizing Columbus Day as the state and federal holiday.

The two cities joined many others around the country, including Seattle and Portland, in making the change. The movement honors Native American culture; it is also a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and protest of the European conquest of North America (which had been “discovered” centuries earlier by native peoples).

A Facebook page lists many Twin Cities events on Monday, including a sunrise ceremony at Bde Maka Ska, also known as Lake Calhoun. It’s at 7:15 a.m., at 3700 Thomas Av. S., Minneapolis.

Some other events:

  • Red Shawl Round Dance, 9 a.m., followed by brunch and panel discussion, American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Av., Minneapolis
  • St. Paul Indigenous Peoples Day, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul
  • The Indigenous People’s Day Hip Hop Show, 5-8:30 p.m. Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Av., Minneapolis

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 10/12/2015 - 09:33 am.

    Ugh – let’s stop all the political correctness already. “Indigenous People’s Day”? “Bde Maka Ska?” I may not like Columbus either, but changing the names of holidays & lakes from what they were long known is not the answer. Here’s an idea…instead of changing the name, simply not celebrate this day at all. It’s not as if anyone outside of the post office has today off anyway.

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