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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