Minnesota to Celebrate Indigenous People's Day as State-Recognized Holiday for First Time Ever
October 5, 2023
For the first time ever, Minnesota will observe Indigenous People’s Day as a state-recognized holiday, and schools that remain open will dedicate at least one hour to educating students about the day’s significance.
While Indigenous People’s Day has been celebrated in Minnesota via proclamation for many years, state lawmakers passed HF 211 in February, following years of advocacy by the Minnesota House Native American Legislative Caucus and members of the eleven tribal nations in Minnesota.
“We need to celebrate Native peoples’ identity, our culture, our strength,” Red Lake Tribal Secretary Samuel Strong said at a public hearing in February. “We need to celebrate who we are and teach those around us how to honor us, to understand our history, and most importantly, how we can move forward past these traumas and how we can start to heal these communities that would be harmed so much.”