Alcatraz Canoe Journey to honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation

While canoes representing tribes from up and down the West Coast circle Alcatraz Island to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 occupation, tribal colors representing all indigenous nations will be posted on the beach at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Continue reading

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issues 94 ‘calls to action’ to Advance Reconciliation with 1st Nations

On Tuesday, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made public its final report on the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system. The final report is a detailed account of what happened to 1st Nations children who were removed from their homes and placed into government boarding schools. Continue reading

Seattle Chooses Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the Story behind the Resolution

Last year, Seattle joined Minneapolis as the second major city to pass resolutions renaming the second Monday in October, the Federal holiday Columbus Day, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Their resolutions, both of which were driven by the Native community, followed the passage of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution in Berkeley, CA in 1992 and South Dakota’s passage of Native American Day in 1990.  Filmmaker Dallas Pinkham recently sat down with the organizers behind Seattle’s resolution for a look at how their efforts to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day came to be. Continue reading