City of Wichita proclaims October 14th is Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Wichita's mayor has proclaimed that the city will recognize Monday, October 14 as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Mayor Jeff Longwell delivered the proclamation during Tuesday's city council meeting. 

"This holiday is celebrated across the United States and commemorates the shared history and culture of Native Americans," a city spokesperson said in a news release.

The Native American Community Resource Coalition will commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with two free events on Saturday, October 12 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center at 650 N Seneca.

The Trail of Tears Memorial will begin at 1 p.m. with a prayer and walk starting at the museum and running along the banks of the Arkansas River.

"This walk honors those who suffered during the Trail of Tears, and ensures the memory of that piece of American history is remembered," the release said.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation will be read aloud at 2 p.m., followed by afternoon activities including Community Resource and Health Stations, as well as hands-on projects and games for children. From 3 through 9 p.m., there will be a Community Social Dance and lots of family-friendly fun, with refreshments for sale from the Native American Elders Council.

A city official later clarified that Indigenous Peoples' Day is in conjunction with and not instead of Columbus Day.