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Inaugural event will include drumming, dances; takes place virtually from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12

PMG FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Junior Miss Grand Ronde Kaleigha Simi (from left), Senior Miss Grand Ronde Isabelle Grout and Junior Warrior Nacoma Liebelt perform during the Veterans Day program at Lake Oswego City Hall.For the first time ever, the state of Oregon is recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day and Clackamas County will be hosting a virtual webinar in celebration of Indigenous history and culture.

The virtual webinar will take place Tuesday, Oct. 12, hosted by the county and Clackamas Community College in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and local Indigenous community members.

Attendees will be treated to a celebration of Indigenous history and culture, including drumming, dancing, voices from Indigenous community members, a land acknowledgement and more.

While Indigenous American history spans thousands of years, Indigenous Peoples' Day was first proposed in 1977 by members of the Haudenosaqunee (Iroquois) nation during a United Nations conference as a way to recognize and celebrate Indigenous history separately from acknowledgement of Columbus Day, which for Indigenous communities serves as a reminder of over 500 years of colonial subjugation enacted upon their people by European settlers.PMG FILE PHOTO: JAELEN OGADHOH - Tribal leaders from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde celebrate the beginning of demolition work at the former Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City.

South Dakota in 1990 became the first state to celebrate Native Americans' Day instead of Columbus Day and has since been joined by 16 states including Oregon, which passed legislation in April designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The bill recognizes the inaccurately cited historical contributions of Christopher Columbus, whose actions "opened the door to heinous crimes against humanity" including transatlantic slavery and genocide.

While Oct. 11 is the second Monday of the month and thus is the official day Indigenous Peoples' Day will be recognized statewide, community members are encouraged to attend Clackamas County's virtual celebration the following day, Oct. 12.

The link to the Zoom webinar is available here.


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