In his final years, Chief Joseph spoke eloquently against the injustices of U.S. Government policies and racial discrimination against Indigenous peoples and he held out hope that America's promise of freedom and equality would one day be fulfilled for Native Americans as well
“Indigenous Peoples Day” supplants Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas, to organize against current injustices, and to celebrate Indigenous Resistance.
''The idea of Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations attending a United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, held in Geneva. - http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/04/25/minneapolis-replaces-columbus-day-indigenous-peoples-day-154611
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 9 August... photo: Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, at the opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues' twelfth session. UN/Rick Bajorna. http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
Indigenous People's Day because...murder, rape, torture and enslavement of my people should NOT be honored as a holiday! Native Strong!! African-American Strong!! The Seattle City Council recently voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day in the city Photo credit: Alex Garland / Demotix — in Seattle, Washington.
More and more cities are now calling today, October 12, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, aka Native American Day, in an effort to abolish and erase the recognition and honor bestowed upon the sadistic, mass murdering, slave trading, rapist Christopher Columbus. South Dakota did it in 1990. Berkely, Ca. did in in 1992. So did Minneapolis. This year, 9 other cities are following suit, including Albuquerque, Portland and St. Paul. Oklahoma City is voting this week to make the change also.