TAMA COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — A day nationally recognized as Columbus Day in the United States will also have another meaning in the cities of Tama and Toledo.
Both mayors are expected to sign a joint proclamation recognizing Monday, Oct. 14th, the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day at a city council meeting tonight.
According to a press release, shared on the Meskwaki Nation’s facebook page, the proclamation recognizes that the building of the two cities would not have been possible if not for the land that first belonged to Indigenous People.
It goes on to say, “This day will also serve to recognize and honor the relationship between the cities of Tama and Toledo and the Meskwaki Nation, federally recognized as the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.”
Members of both communities as well as members of the Meskwaki Nation and the Indigenous Communities are invited to attend the signing during the Toledo City Council meeting tonight at 6 p.m.
The two cities are among a growing number of governments to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
The City of Iowa City also announced today that Mayor, James Throgmorton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 14th as Indigenous People’s Day.
According to a press release, the proclamation was signed on Tuesday, Oct. 1st. Throgmorton also encouraged schools to include the teachings of Indigenous Peoples’ History in its curriculum.
Learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day, here.