Today, most people in the United States are celebrating Columbus Day. They get a day off of work or school, rejoice at their local mattress store sale, and a lucky few get to claim the holiday for its "original purpose" - the celebration of Italian-Americans.
Since this writing, Minneapolis's Little Earth community has witnessed a tragedy: a January 28 residential fire displaced six families and left three people in need of medical attention. To contribute to the rebuilding effort, please go to the Little Earth Residents Association's GoFundMe page to make a tax-deductible donation.
Has your city recently abolished Columbus Day and adopted Indigenous Peoples Day? Are you looking for some ways to celebrate the holiday? While I am not usually in the business of educating folks on Native things (there are plenty of Native folks out here doing this work I am just not one of them) something about this day has me feeling generous.
I have a short essay in this book entitled: "A Guide to Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day" -Taylor Rose Payer