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City council to proclaim 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 23:29:57-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Joining with three other Texas cities this year and thousands of others before it, the City of Corpus Christi will proclaim Indigenous People's Day.

The council has the item as the first thing on tomorrow's weekly council meeting agenda at 11:30 am, Oct. 15.

A few local activists had a lot to do with the council's decision. The activists set up a petition for Corpus Christi City Council to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day back in April. The issue was brought up during public comments at a city council meeting by Armando Windstalker Cavasos, a local representative of the Indigenous Warriors Society.

“It’s time for Corpus Christi to be progressive and jump on board with cutting out this shameful piece of US history that many other Texas cities have done,” Cavasos says, “So that our people may heal and our ancestors may rest.”

Indigenous Peoples Day has been recognized by the United Nations since 1994. Since then, a growing number of US states and cities have officially followed suit,

No word on whether Columbus Day will still be recognized by the city on Oct. 14..