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Honor the Originals on October 13

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // one comment

Not Columbus Day: Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous_Peoples_102014Columbus Day celebrates the eponymous explorer’s landing of the on the shores of the Americas in 1492. Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the people and cultures of the Americas whose destiny was changed by his arrival. Columbus’ voyage was the result of a papal policy of religious conquest – the effects of which continue to harm indigenous people all over the world.

** UPDATED 10/07/14** – Seattle City Council unanimously replaces “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day. Read more.

Unitarian Universalist Principles and Beliefs call upon the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to establish social justice for native American and indigenous people’s. Honor Indigenous People’s Day with the UUA.

Resources from the UUA

Watch this explanation of the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD) and why it should be repudiated:

Discover what the UUA is doing to overturn the DoD and obtain justice for indigenous peoples

Read this Native American point-of-view on Thanksgiving

An_Indigenous_People's_HistoryLearn more from this book from Beacon Press by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

UUA Discussion Guide for An Indigenous People’s History of the United States



Learn about the relationship between the Doctrine of Discovery and United States immigration policy: Watch this description of how the Doctrine of Discovery gives rise to other unjust policies like Mass Incarceration and the erosion of Civil Rights.

Resources from other sources

What is the “Discovery doctrine“?

Read the Doctrine of Discovery, and its history.

Holiday to honor indigenous people? Seattle council to vote, Seattle Times (10/06/2014)


About the Author

Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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