Oklahoma Municipality Approves Indigenous Peoples' Day

On September 14th, the Anadarko City Council in Oklahoma City voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

This is the first municipality in Oklahoma who has passed this type of proclamation. As Anadarko Mayor Kyle Eastwood told Red Dirt Report earlier this month, “Here we are in 2015, rectifying a past wrong. I think it may be a little past due, but it’s done. And we’re leading the state in this regard.”

In Anadarko, Indigenous People's Day will be celebrated on October 12th, 2015 and will be observed as a city-wide holiday. Anadarko city employees will be given the day off from work.

Native American activist Sarah Adams-Cornell said that Tuesday’s meeting agenda includes the fact that Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White and Ward 7 Councilman John A. Pettis, Jr. have all co-sponsored the resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The council meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Adams-Cornell shared “We have four speakers lined up to speak. We’ll explain why we’d like to see Indigenous Peoples’ Day happen in Oklahoma City. And speaking will be women from various tribes. We’ll also be touching upon historical relevance and what other communities have done.”

Adams-Cornell added “We’re inviting anyone who wants to celebrate (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to come celebrate with us on the South Oval. There will be a grand procession into the South Oval and a traditional blessing, followed by a reading of the resolution.”

Photo: Indian Country Today Media Network

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