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What does Indigenous People's Day mean to you?

Matt Remle drafted the resolution adopted by the Seattle City Council recognizing the ongoing negative consequences of the American Indian boarding schools
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery
Matt Remle.

Monday is Seattle's third annual celebration of Indigenous People's Day. We asked members of our local indigenous community to share what it means to them. 

Matt Remle, author of Seattle's Indigenous People's Day Resolution: "So much of our history from public schools and mainstream media, even alternative media, is virtually erased. So having a day like Indigenous People's Day puts us front and center. We're not the banished Indian. We're still here."

Amber Hayward, director of the Puyallup Tribal Language Program: "I just received my child's school calendar, and it said Indigenous People's Day. So for my son, this is actually creating a new norm for him and for the future generations."

Gabe Galanda, local tribal lawyer: "Everyone in the city should just pause to think about the presence of indigenous peoples in the region and reflect on how that presence has impacted their lives."

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