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Indigenous Peoples' Day (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States, begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and commemorate the history of Native American peoples.

 1- Craft a Sunday service around Indigenous Peoples Day. As you plan your service, invite those within your congregation who are Native people to participate in the planning and the service itself. Work to find out the pre- and postcolonial history of the land you are worshipping on and the Native peoples who have lived there.

2- Build and strengthen connections to nearby Native communities. Make plans to attend an event hosted by a Native group, organization, or cultural center.


3- Study the Doctrine of Discovery and work to eliminate its effects.

4- Take action to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

5- Go further by creating a task force to find out what your children learn about Columbus in school.


6- Take action for the rights and needs of Native peoples!

7- Do not speak of Native Americans exclusively in past tense. There are millions of Native people in the U.S. today, yet many books and videos still have titles such as How the Indians Lived.

8- Hold a movie screening with a discussion afterward. There are a plethora of films that can generate rich discussion.


9- Do challenge TV and movie stereotypes of Native Americans. Discuss the meaning of stereotypes and help children understand that Native Americans were no more savage than others who fought to defend their homes and community.



10- Do understand that Native American children are not always aware of their heritage. Native children sometimes know more about "TV Indians" than about their own heritage, and they should not be singled out to provide a Native perspective or asked to recount Native history.


Responses to "Ten Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day"

  1. Udaya says:

    Wishing all a happy INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY. Let us remember, practice and pass it on.

  2. Kay says:

    this is the one I will do immediately. "7- Do not speak of Native Americans exclusively in past tense. There are millions of Native people in the U.S. today, yet many books and videos still have titles such as How the Indians Lived.

  3. Tia says:

    Strength in Unity,, Aho

  4. My heart is sad for what happened in the past but their can be Great Joy in the future.

  5. Turenne says:

    I truly appreciate those Ten Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day. I do believe also that it must be extended to all indigenous people on the planet...

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