In 1492, when Christopher Columbus famously sailed the ocean blue, he discovered lands already inhabited by indigenous people.
In honor of the area’s native inhabitants, Ann Arbor will now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of October.
The City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to that effect Monday night, describing Indigenous Peoples Day as a chance “to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi and other indigenous peoples add to communities throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes, and all over the world.”
The resolution was brought forward by Council Member Chuck Warpehoski, D-5th Ward.
Warpehoski gave special thanks to Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds and Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi, who have been partners in the effort and are bringing similar resolutions forward to their respective bodies.
“They have also helped with outreach to Native American student association bodies on Eastern Michigan and the University of Michigan campus, as well as other community members with tribal heritage or affiliations,” Warpehoski said.
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