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Legislature Votes to Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Holiday in Tompkins County

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Legislature Votes to Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Holiday in Tompkins County

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Reconsidering a revised version of a resolution first brought up last year, the Legislature unanimously voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, “encouraging the celebration of this day in a manner that promotes respect, understanding and friendship; combats prejudice and bias; works to eliminate discrimination stemming from colonization; and acknowledges our history.”   The measure also directs that all Tompkins County documents and references to “Holidays” include Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

Legislator Michael Lane noted that the intention is to have two celebrations on the second Monday of each year, Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day; indigenous people have been and continue to be important in our community, he said.  Several legislators thanked and recognized Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, chair of the County’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee, for her initiative and perseverance in moving this important issue forward.