Here in our home of Santa Barbara, CA, the Tribal Trust Foundation is leading a group of local allies in proposing to the City Council to institute an official reconstitution of Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October annually, as Indigenous People’s Day … for perpetuity.
We will be joining 22 cities across the nation, including Berkeley, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Sebastopol, CA, Denver, CO, Phoenix, AZ, Portland, OR, Albuquerque, NM, Carrboro, NC, Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MA, Cambridge, MA, and the states of South Dakota and Alaska. With this reconstitution we acknowledge the historical legacy of Christopher Columbus as one largely of detrimental colonization, enslavement and violence towards Native Americans.
By reconstituting Columbus day into a celebration of Indigenous People the residence and visitors of Santa Barbara would promote and perpetuate the incredibly rich and diverse history, cultures and contributions of indigenous people; recognize the Chumash Indians as the First People of the Santa Barbara region and demonstrate our reverence, honor, and appreciation of the Chumash as critical contributors to the environment, culture and community of Santa Barbara; commemorate the survival and renewal of Native cultures in the face of political and cultural repression; and build upon substantial efforts within Santa Barbara for diversity, active citizenship, and social justice.
You can help jump-start this Movement to move forward together with your generous support.