Goodbye, Columbus – First Indigenous People’s Day is Oct. 10
Boulder celebrates its first Indigenous People’s Day Oct. 10, and every second Monday in October from now on. The City Council unanimously approved the new holiday in a vote this July. The proposal was brought before the Council by the Human Relations Commission (HRC), a city-appointed commission charged with promoting “amicable relations among all members of the Boulder community.” Former HRC member Amy Zuckerman initiated the move.
“I believe this resolution is a great first step towards finally acknowledging the true origin story of Boulder, one that begins with its indigenous people,” says HRC member Nikhil Mankekar. “We create a better future for everyone in our community by healing through historical accuracy and celebration of Native American culture and traditions.”
Although Columbus Day is still a federal and state holiday in Colorado, the city of Boulder hadn’t officially recognized it in the past, so the new Indigenous People’s Day doesn’t replace anything. The proposal calls for “a day and evening of cultural, academic and environmental programming that focuses on Boulder’s rich Native American past, present and future.” Supporters of the proposal also hope to use the day as a launching point to clarify Boulder’s ties to the bloody Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 on the plains of southeastern Colorado. The proposal also includes naming Settler’s Park, an area south of Mount Sanitas that features a plaque with that name but has never been officially named by the city. A new name had not yet been chosen at press time.