SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The Springfield City Council has proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
City officials said the proclamation recognizes the fact that the city was built on the tribal homelands of the Kalapuya peoples and recognizes the sovereignty of Oregon’s tribal nations.
“The City values the many contributions made to our community through Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts and the deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of the City of Springfield,” said Council President Joe Pishioneri in reading the proclamation on behalf of Springfield City Council.
To celebrate the day, city officials said they have raised flags from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon and City Hall.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations at an international United Nations conference.