Colleges nationwide celebrate 'Indigenous Peoples Day' on Columbus Day
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Across the country, many colleges are holding events to celebrate "Indigenous Peoples Day," refocusing what has for years been a federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native peoples.
The Denmos Museum Center, located at Northwestern Michigan College, will be offering free admission and an outdoor event organized by Todd Parker, the Native American success coach, and members of NMC's Native American Student Organization. Wunk Sheek, an Indigenous student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be hosting a one-session powwow at 7 p.m. in Gordon Commons. For the first time, Boston University will be commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate the "accomplishments of indigenous, Native American and First Nations people." On its website, the university put together a recommended reading list in honor of the holiday. Stanford University, meanwhile, has launched a "land acknowledgment" website, honoring relationships with Native peoples. The schools say it encourages the use of the land acknowledgment at events to celebrate ties to the Muwekma Ohlone and other Native communities. The University of Buffalo issued a similar proclamation, saying it will observe Indigenous Peoples Day in honor…