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  • President Biden on Friday issued the first presidential proclamation marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
  • “We must never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror wrought upon Native communities and Tribal Nations throughout our country,” Biden wrote.
  • “Today, we acknowledge the significant sacrifices made by Native peoples to this country — and recognize their many ongoing contributions to our Nation.”

President Biden on Friday issued the first presidential proclamation marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day, aiming to commemorate the “invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples.” 

Indigenous Peoples' Day will be observed alongside congressionally established Columbus Day on Oct. 11.

“We must never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror wrought upon Native communities and Tribal Nations throughout our country,” Biden wrote. “Today, we acknowledge the significant sacrifices made by Native peoples to this country — and recognize their many ongoing contributions to our Nation.” 

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“On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today,” the president continued. “I encourage everyone to celebrate and recognize the many Indigenous communities and cultures that make up our great country.”

The president, in a separate proclamation acknowledging Columbus Day, recognized the millions of Italian Americans who “continue to enrich our country’s traditions and culture and make lasting contributions to our Nation.” But Biden also acknowledged “painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.” 

“It is a measure of our greatness as a Nation that we do not seek to bury these shameful episodes of our past — that we face them honestly, we bring them to the light, and we do all we can to address them,” he wrote. 

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Published on Oct 08, 2021