As she did last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed Monday Indigenous Peoples Day in Michigan.
“… The resolution states that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples on this land and to celebrate the thriving cultures and values that the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and other indigenous peoples contribute to society,” the proclamation reads. “… Whereas on this second Monday of October, we should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions to communities throughout Michigan, the United States, and all over the world.”
Several states and cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official holiday in order to honor Native Americans.
Democrats have introduced legislation for Indigenous Peoples Day. Senate Bill 568 would establish a holiday that pays tribute to indigenous and native tribes and Senate Bill 569 would remove Columbus Day as a holiday and Election Day in November would become an official state holiday. Neither bill has been taken up by the Senate.