On August 30, 2017 we made history when we voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Los Angeles!
This year, we will celebrate the first official Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 8, 2018! The event takes place from 7AM-7PM, at Los Angeles Civic Center including public spaces at City Hall and throughout Grand Park. I want to personally take this opportunity to extend an invitation to join the event.
I am working with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Commission to plan a variety of festivities and programming for the day, including: a Sunrise Ceremony; 5K Run; Grand Procession & Kick-Off; Pow Wow; panel discussions; music & entertainment; children’s area; fashion show; and a special grand finale with Native American rock group Redbone.
The movement to establish Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles was a two-year process that began on November 13, 2015. Working with the community, as well as many scholars and allies, a consensus was reached to eliminate Columbus Day from the Los Angeles City administrative code and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official City holiday.
Many Native Americans have celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October since at least 1970. Indigenous people have always chosen to mark the occassion as a day of remembrance for our ancestors, while dispelling the myth that Columbus “discovered” America. This year, we celebrate our survival, resilience, and deep contributions to all peoples that now live on this land.
We look forward to celebrating with you on this special day in October! Please RSVP using this link, or join the conversation on Facebook.
With kind regards,
Indigenous Peoples Day Los Angeles 2018