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Indigenous Peoples Day

Setting The Record Straight: Towns In Greater Boston Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

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In October, 2000 American Indians blocked the parade route of Italian Americans celebrating Columbus Day in downtown Denver.
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Indigenous Peoples Day

We're fast approaching the Monday holiday that most of us know as Columbus Day, the anniversary of the day history books say Italian explorer Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. But, the people who were already here when his ships landed dispute that version of events.

Several Greater Boston towns have joined a growing number of municipalities across the country to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day not only celebrates Native American heritage, but also offers an opportunity to highlight issues impacting Native American communities today.

Guests:

Mahtowin Munro - (Lakota) Co-leader of the United American Indians of New England.

Raquel Halsey - (Three Affiliated Tribes: Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) Executive director of the Native American Indian Center of Boston.

Darren Lone Fight - (Three Affiliated Tribes: Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) Faculty member at Tufts University focused in studies of race, colonialism and diaspora.

Music for this week's episode was provided by Native American rapper and producer Frank Waln. You can hear his 2017 album, "The Bridge," below.
Note: Some songs may contain explicit material.

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