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Oct. 12 declared Indigenous Peoples Day in Grand Rapids

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 18:03:33-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The second Monday of October will now be known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Grand Rapids.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss issued the proclamation Wednesday.

The goal is to recognize the technology, thoughts and culture of the Anishinaabek people of the Three Fires, according to a news release.

They were some of the original residents of Grand Rapids.

The day also honors the contributions made by indigenous people as they continue to share their home and way of life.

“This proclamation brings forward the intentional acknowledgement and recognition of the original people of this place that we call Grand Rapids,” Bliss said. “I encourage all residents and friends to take time on Oct. 12 to honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.”