It's no longer possible to rely 100% on ads to keep our organization going. If you believe in why Films For Action exists, we hope you'll become a supporter on Patreon. A monthly donation of $1, $3, $5 or more per month will really help!
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day
By Jessica Larson / m.kansan.com
Oct 8, 2015

After years of protesting, the Native American community can officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day in Lawrence.

At the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Amyx declared Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day after recognizing that the City of Lawrence was built upon the homelands of the Kansa and Osage people.

“Indigenous peoples' intellectual, spiritual, and the deep cultural contribution has enhanced the character of the City of Lawrence,” Amyx said.

Christopher Sindone, president of the Haskell Indian Nations University's Student Senate, said he didn't understand how much indigenous people meant to the City of Lawrence because he didn’t think they meant much at all. Proclaiming a day for indigenous peoples is a step toward unity, he said.

“For them to pass something like this, as a city, from being at Haskell, that’s 180 years of resiliency by Native Americans acknowledged,” Sindone said.

Sindone said he felt euphoric about the decision because it makes Lawrence feel like the home of indigenous peoples again. He said his elders at Haskell experienced a very different Lawrence that did not celebrate natives’ identities. He said he knew this decision would make them happy.

“This [recognition] breaks a wall down, because there are already a lot of barriers for indigenous people,” Sindone said.

Lawrence joins cities like Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis that also celebrate Native American contributions instead of Columbus Day on Oct. 12.

Pictured: Haskell student Stevie Laravie Jr. from Lincoln, Neb., danced with more than 100 other students outside of City Hall on Tuesday night after Mayor Mike Amyx declared Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day.

 

UPDATE for clarification / 10/7/2015 - For many Lawrence residents, while celebrating the the declaration, it fell short of expectations.
 

As Barbara Wolfin‎ wrote in a public post on Facebook,
 

"Y'all, today was a sweet & sour day. 

Sour because the original proclamation submitted to Lawrence City Council specifically stated for Indigenous Peoples Day to be the 2nd Monday of Oct for this year and every year hereafter. City Council edited our Prolamation to only recognize 2015. We will continue to work on the following years. 

Sweet because of the Communities, Organizations, Committees, Villages, Clans, and Tribal Nations that were represented while walking in unity & solidarity. 

AN ESTIMATED 200 OF US SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!!!

We filled the room, hall, and outside. We put out the call for our people to represent and y'all did just that! (Im personally PROUD of y'all)

Many people are to thank for this day in Lawrence history, THANK YOU!

We do this not for ourselves, but for strengthening the ties between the Lawrence community & the Indigenous/Haskell community, honoring of our ancestors, and for the next generations. 

Don't forget about our Indigenous Day Celebration on Oct. 12. We have a line of speakers, performers, and free food! 

#OnwardHaskell #IndigenizeLFK

 

3.5 ·
1
Featured Films
The Staging Post: Courageous People Never Give Up! (2017)
61 min The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. A real-life...
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (2015)
92 min Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our...
Within Reach (2013)
87 min Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA seeking sustainable community. Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they...
Schooling the World (2010)
66 min If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers...
Fall and Winter (2013)
102 min This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the...
The Economics of Happiness (2011)
65 min Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There...
Trending Today


Love Films For Action? Become a Patron!

Our Patreon campaign is now live! We hope you'll be among the first to support this new direction for Films For Action. The goal is to go 100% ad-free by next year, and become 100% member supported. A monthly pledge of just $1 -5 dollars per month x a few thousand awesome people will ensure we can continue our work and grow our impact across the world. Click here to join.

Join us on Facebook
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day