Indigenous Peoples' Day 2015

Last year, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Native American activists successfully established Indigenous Peoples Day on the day federally recognized as Columbus Day. This year, activists and tribal members marched to City Hall to support a resolution drafted by the community and brought forward by Sawant. The resolution, which passed unanimously, condemns the cultural genocide perpetuated by the United States Indian Boarding School Policy, which was in effect from 1869 to the 1960s. The federal government has never formally acknowledged, let alone apologized for, this dark chapter of history.