City of Albuquerque Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Seven Generations 2020

City of Albuquerque Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
paper and ink
17 ½ x 11 ½ in.
lent by Nick Estes

In 2015, The Red Nation and a coalition of other Native and non-Native organizations led a successful campaign to rename the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Albuquerque City Council issued a proclamation abolishing Columbus Day that was signed by Rey Garduño, Ken Sanchez, Klarissa Peña, Isaac Benton, Brad Winter, and Diane Gibson, with three council members abstaining.

The proclamation declared that the day “shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples on this land.” But the day is also a celebration of diverse Indigenous communities. An estimated fifty-five thousand Native people call Albuquerque home. Thirty-five thousand are Diné, but two hundred and ninety-one federally recognized Native nations are also represented in the city. Following the City Council decision, Diné activist John Redhouse told members of The Red Nation, “your collective vision and work is a dream come true.”