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Friday, 24 March, 2017


Grand Rapids joins a growing number of cities around the United States to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day.

Grand Rapids City Council unanimously passed a resolution in December 2014 to recognize Indigenous People’s Day to “reflect on our history and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that the Anishinaabe (Chippewa and Ojibwe) the Dakota and other Indigenous Nations add to our city.”

The first celebration was held October 12, 2015 and included a “mini powwow,” that featured music, dance, drums, food, and art. Over 600 area fourth graders along with adults from Grand Rapids and the Leech Lake nation attended.

To learn more about Indigenous People's Day visit the links below:

Grand Rapids Herald Review - A day “long over-due”

Indigenous People’s Day – KAXE & KBXE

Minnesota Native News talks to Human Rights Commissioner Barb Sanderson about Indigenous People’s Day.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Youth Division October Newsletter

November 2015 DeBahJiMon

View the City of Grand Rapids Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution.

For more information, contact City Administrator Tom Pagel at 218-326-7600 or admin@cityofgrandrapidsmn.com.