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Traverse City Now Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

Feb. 3, 2015

Traverse City will now recognize two special events on the second Monday in October every year: Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.

Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution of support Monday night to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day after being encouraged by residents, the Traverse City Human Rights Commission and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians to support the measure. The resolution, which has been adopted by other U.S. cities including Seattle, Minneapolis and Berkeley, is designed to "reflect upon the the ongoing struggles of the Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value" they contribute to the community.

Mayor Michael Estes stressed that the resolution does not abolish or change the city's recognition of Columbus Day - which is a federal holiday - and does not have any impact on city services. The commission's unanimous vote to pass the resolution was greeted with spontaneous applause from audience members, nearly a dozen of whom spoke during public comment to support the resolution.

"I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the recognition you're giving this beautiful people and beautiful culture," said Traverse City resident Linda Dittmer. "I think it's a well-deserved recognition." 

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