The state of Wisconsin and the city of Superior have officially declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Oct. 8 and the Superior City Council signed its resolution Aug. 20.
The move from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes the importance of the Native Nations to Wisconsin and the significance of their sovereignty, culture and history.
“Through this executive order, we recognize and appreciate our tribal nations and Indigenous people and their resilience, wisdom, and the contributions they make to our state," said Evers, who was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. “Native Americans in Wisconsin and throughout our country have suffered unjust treatment — often at the hands of our government — and today is about recognizing that Wisconsin would not be all that it is without Indigenous people.”
In Superior, Mayor Jim Paine will read a proclamation at noon Monday, Oct. 14, in the Government Center and again at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
The celebration will be held at the Maawanji’idiwin, “The Place Where We Come Together” Medicine Wheel in the courtyard near the Yellowjacket Union. It will move indoors to the Yellowjacket Union Atrium if the weather is bad.
Following the ceremony the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Group will present a program at 5:30 p.m. in Old Main’s Thorpe Langley Auditorium. Both family-friendly events are free and open to the community.
“We are excited to once again celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on our campus, this time with the city of Superior as they share the city’s resolution to recognize this important day,” said Kat Werchouski, assistant director for the Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. “It is crucial that we continue to acknowledge the history of this region and our country while still honoring the indigenous people and cultures that are very much here — alive and strong in community and contribution.”