Resolution to be Introduced to Rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis Public Schools

From Last Real Indians, here.  An excerpt:

On April 14th, 2015, a resolution will be introduced to the Minneapolis school board to recognize the second Monday in October, the federal holiday Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples Day. In April 2014, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an resolution recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.

While the Minneapolis school district does not currently recognize Columbus Day on its school calendar, passage of the resolution would place Indigenous Peoples Day on the district calendar.

Passage would also bring continued momentum towards the abolishing of Columbus Day. Last year, resolutions to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, in replace of Columbus Day, were passed in Minneapolis, Seattle,Bellingham (which renamed Columbus Day to Coast Salish Day), the Seattle school board, and the Portland school board.

The Minneapolis school board resolution:

Board of Education
14 April, 2015


Whereas, the Board of Education, Special School District No. 1,  recognizes and values the contribution to our society’s progress made by American Indian technology, thought, and culture; and

Whereas, the Board understands that to help close the equity gap, government entities, organizations and other public institutions should change their policies and practices to better reflect the experiences of American Indian people and uplift our country’s Indigenous roots, history, and contributions; and

Whereas, the ideas of Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and

Whereas, in 1990, representatives from 120 Indigenous nations at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance unanimously passed a resolution to transform Columbus Day into an occasion to strengthen the process of continental unity and struggle towards liberation, and thereby use the occasion to reveal a more accurate historical record; and

Whereas, the United States federal government, the State of Minnesota, and the City of Minneapolis recognize Columbus Day on the second Monday of October, in accordance with the federal holiday established in 1937;

Whereas, the City of Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an Indigenous Peoples Day resolution on April 25, 2014, recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Board of Education, Special School District No. 1, shall recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October.

Be it Further Resolved that the Minneapolis Public Schools shall continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of the Minneapolis American Indian and Indigenous community.

Be It further Resolved that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people in our City, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous nations add to our city.

Be It Further Resolved, the Board encourages other businesses, organizations and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.

Native Sun News to host Mayoral Debate at OLC

Here, from Indianz. An excerpt:

RAPID CITY –– On June 2, 2015 Rapid City residents will be going to the polls to vote for the mayor of Rapid City. May 15 is the deadline to register to vote and begins the early voting period.Mayor Sam Kooiker and Candidate Steve Allender, have agreed to a Native Sun News mayoral debate and Oglala Lakota College has been chosen as the sight to host the event.

Starting at 10 a.m. on May 8 at the Oglala Lakota College campus in Rapid City located at 127 Knollwood Drive, both candidates will come together to discuss the issues concerning the Native American citizens living within the city limits.Among the topics to be debated include race relations, employment by City of Rapid City, history in working with Native Americans, Rapid City Police Department, addiction and recovery services, homeless needs, support of educational needs, city infrastructure, and other topics related to a healthy relationship with the Indian population.

Native Sun News has been covering city government and race relations in Rapid City. We will moderate the debate. If there is a concern or question you would like presented at the debate, please submit those for consideration.

NCAI FELLOWSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS | 2015 Application for Wilma Mankiller Fellowship & Internship Opportunities Posted

NCAI is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders to protect and advance tribal sovereignty for generations to come. Young Native leaders are invited to apply for either our internship or the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship. The application can be downloaded for initial review here and completed online at this link:

Deadlines for 2015 applications are as follows:

  • Wilma Mankiller Fellowship – Applications due March 15 with decisions made no later than April 15.
  • Summer 2015 Internship – Applications will be accepted until March 31 with decisions made no later than April 30.
  • Fall 2015 Internship – Applications will be accepted until June 22 with decisions made no later than July 20.

More details regarding fellowships and internships at NCAI can be found on our website.

  NCAI Contact Information: Jamie Gomez, Director of External Affairs –

 NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship – Applications Due March 23, 2015

 The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that address the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. While the current challenges of Native health are great, some of the most promising developments are from Native nations who are exercising considerable control over health care delivery and workforce development. Building the capacity of individuals and communities is critical to empowering tribes to assert this right to self-governance and self-determination in the public health domain. By supporting graduate students in various health-related fields, NCAI seeks to increase the number of Native health leaders and equip them with the tools necessary to achieve our vision of strong, healthy Native communities.

Download Application 
Download Reference & Evaluation Form

NCAI Contact Information: Laura Bird, Legislative Associate –

CNAY Scholarship – Columbia University Summer High School Program

The full tuition and residential scholarship for Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students  is offered in partnership by Columbia University’s Secondary School Programs and the Center for Native American Youth. One American Indian/Alaska Native scholar will be selected to attend the program during the 2015 summer in New York City.

Program Details:

Session I: June 28, 2015 – July 18, 2015
Session II: July 20, 2015 – August 08, 2015

CNAY accepts applications for both the Junior-Senior and Freshman-Sophomore Divisions:

  • Junior-Senior Division: Available to students who will enter grades 11 or 12 or first year of college in Fall 2015.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Division: Available to students who will enter grades 9 or 10 in Fall 2015.

Application Details:

Students can submit hard copy applications or apply online by following the following links:

Complete applications include:

  • Application Form, response to “Story of Inspiration” essay prompt;
  • Recommendation form from teacher/professor;
  • High school transcript; and
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy (includes letter from tribal leader of affiliated tribal nation or leader at urban Indian community).
  • Recommended: High School resume

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015 

For more information, click here to visit the Center for Native American Youth. If you have questions or would like to request additional information, please contact