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Where to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Brooklyn


The Indigenous Peoples of America monitoring movement began over 40 years ago, in 1977, by participants in the United Nations International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples in the Americas.

And, with each passing year, a growing number of people are choosing Columbus Day and Thanksgiving to honor Native Americans because their lands and communities have been devastated by the very things these federal holidays celebrate.

Last year, President Joe Biden made history as the first president to issue an official proclamation to observe Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

“Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures – safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge and tradition through generations “, Biden said in the proclamation.

“On Indigenous Peoples Day, our nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the federal government’s trust and treaty obligations to nations. tribal.

He added that for generations, federal policies have sought to assimilate and displace Indigenous peoples and eradicate Indigenous cultures. “Today we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples and the immeasurable positive impact they have had on all aspects of American society,” he said.

“We also recommit to supporting a new and brighter future, full of promise and equity for tribal nations – a future based on tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous peoples in the Americas and around the world. .

Brooklyn, which is on Lenapehoking, or Lenape Homeland, has a variety of local ways to honor the day.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will celebrate Indigenous stories, cultures and heritages with storytelling, performances, games and artistic creations. The museum is partnering with the National Museum of the American Indian and North American Indigenous Center in New York for the day of programming. You can buy tickets for the day here.

Later in the week, the Brooklyn Public Library will mark Indigenous Peoples Day with a series of programs including a film festival and a talk by best-selling Aboriginal author and activist Tony Birch.

BPL’s Brooklyn Heights Library will screen one film per day from Indigenous filmmakers October 11-15. All films are free and no reservations are required. For more information on the movies, click here.

Birch will join from Australia via video call for an in-person talk on her award-winning book, “White Girl,” on October 14 at Brooklyn Heights Library. More information here.

Additionally, the library will present an event on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. for the Spring 2022 Lenapehoking Exhibition celebrating the release of the “Lenapehoking Anthology,” which includes historical essays, interviews, poems and paintings by Lenape and others Indigenous scholars, writers, composers and artists.