Muskogee’s Native American Association will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day at 10 a.m. Monday at the Muskogee Civic Center.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American people and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian colonizer Christopher Columbus. Many reject celebrating him, saying that he represents the violent history of the European colonization in the Western Hemisphere, and that Columbus Day is a sanitization or covering-up of Christopher Columbus’ abhorrent actions, such as enslaving Native Americans.
Instead, the Muskogee group will celebrate the rich Native history of America and Oklahoma and the tribes that now inhabit the area. The celebration is free and all are welcome.