Whilst a few people are still commemorating the controversial legacy of Columbus Day . . . Kansas City recently introduced a far more progressive celebration.
To wit . . .
UNDER THE RADAR, LAST WEEK MAYOR AND COUNCIL OFFICIALLY DECLARED TODAY "INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY" IN KANSAS CITY!!!
A description of the day from the world's most accurate encyclopedia:
Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of North America. It is celebrated in various localities in the United States. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American people.
Even more interestingly . . .
CHECK OUT THE RESOLUTION WHEREIN MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL CALL OUT COLUMBUS FOR GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY!!!
TKC highlighted to help . . .
RESOLUTION NO. 170786
WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus, a man who is known to have "discovered" the Americas, came upon land that was already inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS, Columbus' voyage to the Americas opened the door to crimes, including but not limited to the introduction of transatlantic slavery and genocidal acts against Indigenous People; and
WHEREAS, the Indigenous People were promised security and protection, though were forcibly relocated and their land seized to allow for European settlements; and
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City and current day Jackson County was historically inhabited by the American Indian people; and
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made in our community by Indigenous People and commits to ensure greater access and opportunity for continued contribution; and
WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City has the opportunity and means to cultivate a community that honors and respects the diverse history of our community; and
WHEREAS, the idea of Indigenous Peoples' Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations; and
WHEREAS, this day should be recognized for the original inhabitants of the Americas - Indigenous People; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
That the Mayor and Council hereby declare Monday, October 9, 2017, as an Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City . . .
Still, there's not a lot of guidance on how to celebrate this holiday.
One year later the protests at Standing Rock still aren't complete and the Missouri River remains under threat.
And yeah, we're still having that somewhat ironic debate over immigration that kinda ignores history, economics, free trade and a great many "Conservative" principles.
Just a bit of further reading to be fair or unfair to everybody who deserves it . . .
No, you are not part Cherokee. And neither is Elizabeth Warren.
Italians decry plans to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in L.A. and other areas
Debating a Holiday
And so, maybe talking sports and our undefeated home team will help us all find some common ground.
Or maybe not . . .
As for TKC, here's hoping that we can celebrate the holiday with fire water, fry bread and maybe "counting coup" with a consenting
You decide . . .