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Lane Community College To Observe Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day October 12th

Brian Bull

A virtual celebration is being held at noon this Monday, to mark Lane Community College’s inaugural observance of Indigenous People’s Day. 

In June, the Board of Education approved a resolution recognizing the second Monday of every October as Indigenous People’s Day at the college.

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Lori Tapahanso, LCC.

Lori Tapahanso is Native American Student Program Coordinator at LCC. She says the event includes a Siletz song, a tour of the Kalapuya Talking Stones, and discussion with the Field Museum in Chicago on land acknowledgment statements.

“As Indigenous people, we’ve been acknowledging stolen land for as long as we can remember for generations," she told KLCC. 

"The land acknowledgment statements are so extremely important for non-Indigenous people to begin using.”

People interested in watching the virtual event can email Tapahanso.

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An engraving at the U.S. Capitol building depicts Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

Indigenous Peoples Day has increasingly replaced Columbus Day in recent years, as Columbus’ legacy of slavery and murder across the Americas has come more to light.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.