Proclamation Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day KS. & MO.

LOOK! Another! Another Progressive City has righted a wrong and what makes this so wonderful is that it shows the people of the community exactly what a moral compass looks like, far too many cities leave that lie hanging out there and it calls into question the truthfulness and honesty of our leaders who know that we know, yet choose to insult OUR intelligence by continuing the lie.

What a historic day for Los Angeles! The City Council voted to establish #IndigenousPeoplesDay as the second Monday in October!

Four Years running asking for a change and now as Kansas City, Mo. Removes monuments on behalf of the Black Community due to their offensiveness, we think it’s time to ask them to correct one more. So for the fourth year we are asking in an open letter: 

Dear Mayor James:

On behalf of the AIEBC, and the Indigenous people I am writing to request your proclamation to give Columbus Day a very different name: Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday October 9, 2017, in the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

Columbus, after all, did not discover America, any more than Amerigo Vespucci or Sir Francis Drake did. It was here all along, home to a wide array of cultures and civilizations. The Taos Pueblo, in New Mexico, was founded more than 1,000 years ago — that is, about 500 years before Columbus “found” his first Caribbean island. Along with Acoma Pueblo, Taos is cited as the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States.

Holidays are a declaration of what we find important, a recognition of our values and how they evolve.

Native tribes were virtually enslaved in Spanish colonial Alta California. Mexican rule was slightly better, but it gave way to Anglo encroachment that culminated in the independent Bear Flag Republic, which lasted just 25 days before the “revolutionaries” joined John C. Fremont’s California Battalion. Four years later, California was a state.

There have been more than 14 communities in the United States have passed measures designating the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day.

And NOT just in America!

Even in the Spain, where the monarchy sponsored Columbus’ voyage, people are rethinking his legacy.

A group of left-wing city council members in Barcelona called for the city to remove a 196-foot statue of Christopher Columbus in one of its most heavily trafficked intersections as part of a proposal to strike the October 12 national holiday and return it to a regular working day.

Council member María José Lecha González said public commemoration of Columbus glorifies colonialism and imperialism, and called the holiday a “mockery” of the genocide of the indigenous population.

In recognition of the growing importance of correcting history, we ask that the Kansas City, City Council issue a proclamation recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day We would be particularly honored to have you present this proclamation at a celebration thanking you and the City Council for your sensitivity towards the Indigenous people of your community. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

John JH O’Brien

Executive Director

American Indian Enterprise & Business Council

(AIEBC)

 

We’ve made it easy and wrote out the Proclamation, people tell me it’s never going to happen, but we’ll see:

P R O C L A M A T I O N


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY OCTOBER 9, 2017

WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus, a man who is known to have “discovered” the Americas, came upon land that was already inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and

WHEREAS,   Columbus’ voyage to the Americas opened the door to crimes, including but not limited to the introduction of transatlantic slavery and genocidal acts against Indigenous People; and

WHEREAS, The Indigenous People were promised security  and protection, though, were forcibly relocated and their land seized to allow for European settlements; and

WHEREAS, The City of Kansas City and current day Jackson County was historically inhabited by the American Indian people; and

WHEREAS, The City of Kansas City recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made in our community by Indigenous People and commits to ensure greater access and opportunity for continued contribution; and

WHEREAS, The City of Kansas City has the opportunity and means to cultivate a community that honors and respects the diverse history of our community; and

WHEREAS,      The State of Missouri should not formally recognize Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, The idea of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations; and

WHEREAS, This day should be recognized for the original inhabitants of the Americas – Indigenous People; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, do hereby proclaim  Monday, October 9, 2017 as an Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City and strongly encourage community members, schools, businesses, public and private organizations, and other community partners to join communities across America in recognizing and promoting the well being and understanding of the contributions of our Indigenous communities.

We made the same request of Governor Greiten and we’ve done the same in Kansas as well:

KANSAS

P R O C L A M A T I O N


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY OCTOBER 9, 2017

WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus, a man who is known to have “discovered” the Americas, came upon land that was already inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and

WHEREAS,   Columbus’ voyage to the Americas opened the door to crimes, including but not limited to the introduction of transatlantic slavery and genocidal acts against Indigenous People; and

WHEREAS, The Indigenous People were promised security  and protection, though, were forcibly relocated and their land seized to allow for European settlements; and

WHEREAS, The State of Kansas was historically inhabited by the American Indian people; and

WHEREAS, The State of Kansas recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made in our community by Indigenous People and commits to ensure greater access and opportunity for continued contribution; and

WHEREAS, The State of Kansas has the opportunity and means to cultivate a community that honors and respects the diverse history of our community; and

WHEREAS, The State of Kansas should not formally recognize Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, The idea of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations; and

WHEREAS, This day should be recognized for the original inhabitants of the Americas – Indigenous People; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas, do hereby proclaim  Monday, October 9, 2017 as an Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the State and strongly encourage community members, schools, businesses, public and private organizations, and other community partners to join communities across America in recognizing and promoting the well-being and understanding of the contributions of our Indigenous communities.

Filed: September 2nd 2017

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office to request a proclamation. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the State of Kansas as your Governor, and I want to be responsive to your needs.

Using the online form ensures that I am able to respond to your request in the most efficient and thorough manner possible. Please consider this message as an acknowledgement that I have received your request. Should you have any further questions or comments regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 785-368-8500.

Sincerely,

Sam Brownback
Governor of Kansas