President Biden issues first-ever proclamation for Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 11, 2021
President Joe Biden is making history with the first-ever White House proclamation on Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The proclamation was issued on Friday morning, ahead of the observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day across the nation on October 11. In the document, Biden highlights the need for the United States government to live up to its trust and treaty responsibilities amid centuries of failures.
"Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people - a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to," Biden states. "That is especially true when it comes to upholding the rights and dignity of the Indigenous people who were here long before colonization of the Americas began."