Indigenous Peoples' Day in Upper Michigan recognizes roots, history, contributions

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(WLUC) - The State of Michigan is officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, as a nationwide push to replace the federal Columbus Day holiday grows.

"We should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her proclamation for Oct. 14, 2019.

Michigan Technological University is also officially recognizing the day. This year, the university has events planned through the end of the month.

On Monday, from noon until 12:30 p.m. at the Michigan Tech Husky Statue, The Woodland Singers are "Honoring Land, Place and People". There is also a presentation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday in Fisher Hall 138, "Facilitated Dialogue: American Indian Identity in Contemporary Media".

Northern Michigan University does not officially recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day, but the university's Center for Native American Studies and Native American Student Association are having a rally in the Academic Mall from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and it's meeting in Jamrich Hall at 6:00 p.m. Monday.

At Tuesday night's Marquette City Commission meeting, city leaders are scheduled to discuss officially recognizing the day.

The idea of Indigenous Peoples' Day was first proposed in 1977.

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