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File #: RES 20-1439    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 10/14/2020
Title: Recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Saint Paul
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince, Mitra Jalali, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao, Amy Brendmoen, Chris Tolbert, Nelsie Yang
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Recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Saint Paul
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WHEREAS, recognizing that Saint Paul, and as it is known in the Dakota language Imnižaska, is Dakota land, we acknowledge the importance of the history of the Dakota people, their sacred places that exist here, and the history and contributions of all Indigenous people in Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and
WHEREAS, to reveal a more accurate historical record of the “discovery” of the United States of America, representatives from 120 Indigenous nations at the First Continental Conference on 500 years of Indian Resistance, unanimously passed a resolution in 1977 to transform Columbus Day into an occasion to recognize the contributions of Indigenous people; and
WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul has recognized Indigenous Peoples Day since 2015; and
WHEREAS, a highlight of this year’s Indigenous People’s Day activities was the launch of the Wakan Tipi Center, a Dakota-led project in the heart of Dakota homelands, that, in a partnership between the Lower Phalen Creek Project and the City of Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department, is creating a new interpretive center at this sacred site within the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary; and
WHEREAS, in consultation with the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) from the Upper Sioux Community, Lower Sioux Community, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and Prairie Island Indian Community, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) and the local community, the City of Saint Paul Parks released “Indian Mounds: A Sacred Place of Burial, Cultural Landscape Study and Messaging Plan,” in September; and

WHEREAS, this groundbreaking study provides a vision for the future of this park guided by ...

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