Seattle city council pushes back signing of Indigenous Peoples Day resolution

Indigenous people from around the Seattle area gathered with community activists to rally for the signing of Resolution 31538 outside of Seattle City Council. Resolution 31538 states “Relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day; declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle; encouraging other institutions to recognize the Day; and reaffirming the City’s commitment to promote the well being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community.”

Members of the Sacred Water Canoe Family drummed, activists spoke and sang, and even Mayor Murray made an appearance, showing his support and mentioning a signing on Columbus Day, October 12th, officially announcing the change to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell suggests that one media camera (ignoring the 5 other photographers in the room) was not enough to sign Res. 31538 and agreed with Mayor Murray that it would be better to sign the resolution on Columbus Day, ignoring those who traveled to see it signed today. Kshama Sawant was the one council member to question pushing back the signing of Res. 31538.

 

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