This Land is Native Land

This morning, the Minneapolis City Council will take an historic vote to officially change "Columbus Day" to Indigenous Peoples' Day.
We are honored to stand with our brother and board member Daniel Yang, and with all of the friends, allies, and relatives who have worked to make this day possible. Please take a moment to read this excerpt from Daniel's speech at the State of the City address, explaining what today's vote means to him:
"This is a historic week for the Minneapolis American Indian community. Not only because of today’s state of the city address held here in our community, but for the significant vote that the Minneapolis City Council will be undertaking tomorrow morning to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. In the past couple weeks we’ve been flooded at NACDI with phone calls, emails and visitors expressing their gratitude and emotion around this historic moment. The City of Minneapolis has the opportunity to continue to show their leadership on racial equity by becoming the first city in the State of Minnesota to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day.

The common argument from those outside of this community is that there are more important issues for the city to dedicate their time to – that this isn’t a big deal. And they’re right. It’s not a big deal…

It’s not a big deal if you’ve never sat in a classroom as a child and been teased, taunted or tormented about Columbus Day. It’s not a big deal if you’ve never shed a tear reflecting about indigenous relatives and ancestors who faced murder, torture and rape that resulted from this man and moment in history. It’s not a big deal if this issue isn’t one that inflicts trauma and pain on those you love most in the world. No its, probably not a very big deal…

But if you or someone you love has had to endure anyone of those things – it’s a pretty damn big deal.

If its important for the City of Minneapolis to have ALL of its residents feel respected, dignified and valued this is an important step in working towards healing the pain and hurt that is associated with this day and the indigenous people who call this region home.”
- Daniel Yang

Ojibwe:
Mii omaa Gakaabikaang gaawiin indapiitendanziimin 'Columbus Day'.
Nashke imaa niigaan inga-waawiindaamin 'Anishinaabe-giizhigad'. Mii yo'ow indakiiminaan enishinaabewiyaang.

Translation:
Here in Minneapolis we won’t celebrate Columbus Day.
From now on, we will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
This is native land.

Dakota:
Bdeóta otuƞwe ed Aƞpetu Columbus ahouƞp̣api ṡni. Waƞna, Aƞpetu Ikce Wic̣aṡta Oyate ahouƞp̣api kte. De Ikce Wic̣aṡta maḳoc̣e héc̣a

Translation:
In Minneapolis we won’t celebrate Columbus Day. We will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. This is Dakota land.
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