Vermont to Observe Indigenous People’s Day: the Back Story


Vermont is joining other states and towns around the United States in recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day and “re-imagining Columbus Day as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous heritage and resiliency,” according to the proclamation.

The possibility of the town of Brattleboro adopting a similar proclamation came up at Tuesday’s Select Board meeting. In a 2-3 vote, the board decided not to put the question on the annual Representative Town Meeting warning without a petition coming forward. The Town Charter requires signatures from 5 percent of registered voters in Brattleboro in order for an article to get warned.

Rich Holschuh plans on getting that many signatures — approximately 400 signatures — in time for the next board meeting on Oct. 18. The Brattleboro resident is a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs.

How did that come about? Read Chris Mays’ story in the Brattleboro Reformer.


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