Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has proclaimed Monday, October 12 as "Indigenous Peoples' Day" in Lincoln and encouraged residents "to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region."
The City observed its first official Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2016 after the City Council unanimously approved a resolution designating the second Monday in October as a holiday to honor our Native American Heritage. This is the first year that the State of Nebraska officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The second Monday in October is also recognized as Columbus Day, a legal holiday, by the federal government and many states, including Nebraska. State and federal offices are closed on that day. The City of Lincoln does not recognize either Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day as legal holidays, and City offices will remain open. The Lincoln City Council, however, will not meet on October 12.
Whereas, the City of Lincoln recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial and that our City is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region; and
Whereas, the City values the many contributions made to our community though Indigenous People's knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts and deep cultural contributions that have substantially shaped the character of Lincoln; and
Whereas, the City opposes the systemic racism toward Indigenous People, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises; and
Whereas, the City promotes the closing of the equity gap for Indigenous Peoples through policies and practices that reflect their experiences, ensure greater access and opportunity and honor our nation's indigenous roots, history and contributions; and
Whereas, the City supports the efforts of Indigenous Peoples regarding murdered and missing women and children and will continue to partner with Indigenous leaders, law enforcement agencies and others to address these critical issues of Indigenous Peoples here in Lincoln,
Now, therefore, I, Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, do hereby proclaim October 12, 2020, as "Indigenous Peoples Day" and encourage residents to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region.