Portland to Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 8th, 2015 Last Updated on: October 8th, 2015


Another city declares Indigenous People's Day as a way to honor the contributions of Native Americans in the community! On Wednesday October 7, 2015 the Portland City Council passed a declaration designating October 12, 2015 as Indigenous People's Day.

KOIN 6 News spoke with Reyn Leno, tribal chairman with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, about the decision.

Leno said the history of the Native Americans has been overlooked and undercelebrated. The Portland area has the 9th-largest indigenous populations in the US.

“We’ve been working hard to tell our story and the story of all Native Americans, not just ours, and this is just one more movement toward getting that accomplished,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Congratulations Portland! Let's hope other cities, like Oklahoma City, will follow your lead. Oklahoma City Council recently voted on the matter but it ended in deadlock, 4-4. The Indigenous People's Day resolution will come up for a vote again on October 13th.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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It’s wonderful that they are beginning recognize the Native Americans.If we had followed their way in the first place,the world would not be so messed up like it is today.They should have been honored long ago.I am very happy that they are being celebrated;}

Gwyn Guthro

so glad there are finally some positive things happening for native americans, after all they have endured, they deserve to be recognized. I have to say that they all have the best respect for the earth, the animals and nature than any other culture.

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