Rural Minnesota communities celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 10, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
Diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives make our rural communities strong and vibrant. Today, a growing number of rural Minnesota communities are celebrating differences that make a difference with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Here’s a look at the rural Minnesota communities celebrating today:
- Red Wing: Red Wing was the first city in Minnesota to recognize the second Monday of October as Chief Red Wing Day (in honor of Chief Hupahuduta, which means “a swan’s wing dyed in red,”).
- Bemidji: Last week, Bemidji proclaimed October 10 to be Indigenous Peoples’/Treaty Day. Bemidji State University will host a presentation and panel discussion to celebrate.
- Grand Rapids: Our home community of Grand Rapids held its first Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration last year with a mini powwow. This year, community leaders are focusing on raising awareness around Ojibwe language as a key component of cultural revitalization. The celebration will kick off with an event at the Grand Rapids Area Library and continue with Ojibwe 101 Learning Stations and a reading of “Discovering the Little Brothers” later in the week.
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