Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bexar County Designates October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Dancers at Columbus Park during the 2010 Indigenous Rights March. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Dancers at Columbus Park during the 2010 Indigenous Rights March.

The Bexar County Commissioners Court passed a resolution Tuesday morning declaring October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day.

This is, of course, the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Western Hemisphere in 1492 — setting off a chain of events that would devastate Native Americans in the New World.

Antonio Diaz, one of the advocates behind the push to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, is also pushing the City of San Antonio to declare October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day.

City Councilman Rey Saldaña told us he's working with Diaz to craft a council consideration request — the first step toward bringing the issue to City Council.

The designation comes after the San Antonio Missions were granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The inclusion of Native American history was an important part of gaining that prestigious designation.

For a more comprehensive story, check out the next edition of the San Antonio Current. 

Indigenous People's Day


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