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Twin Ports celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day virtually

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DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth Indigenous Commission hosted a virtual celebration recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday.

The Commission read a proclamation from Mayor Emily Larson's office.

It says Columbus Day does not accurately depict the suffering Native people endured due to colonization.

It acknowledges the land Duluth sits on used to be home to an Anishinaabe village.

It also recognizes the sacrifices and contributions Native people have made to the city.

Commission members say it's important to recognize that the greatest extermination of any race happened in this country.

"Western colonialism may speak of an American history. Native people speak of an American holocaust - a concerted, intentional, methodical effort has been made by the West to erase the memory of Native America," said Rick Defoe, a Fond Du Lac Elder and Spiritual Advisor.

Commission members say they hope to one day make the proclamation recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day into an ordinance to officially replace Columbus Day in the city of Duluth.

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DULUTH, MN-- Indigenous Peoples' Day will be observed on October 11, 2020.

The Duluth Indigenous Commission will hold a virtual celebration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The virtual event will begin at 12:00 p.m. with an Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation and will include hand drumming as well as multiple speakers.

The event will be streamed on the City of Duluth's Facebook Page.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior will also hold a virual event on Monday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with an Indigenous Peoples' Day proclamation.

At 4:30 p.m. a history and significance of Indigenous Peoples' Day panel will take place featuring U-W Professors and Mayor Jim Paine.

If you would like to attend the link is here.

John Cardinale

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