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NKSD Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day

NKSD Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day
Today, October 9, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the heritage and culture of our local indigenous people as well as indigenous peoples throughout the United States. Join us in honoring the rich culture and history of our local Sovereign Nations, the Suquamish Tribe and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. We also invite you to learn more about contemporary issues, history, culture, and celebrations of both tribes by visiting these resources:
October 2021 marked the first U.S. presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ day. This year, the presidential proclamation states, “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor the perseverance and courage of Indigenous peoples, show our gratitude for the myriad contributions they have made to our world, and renew our commitment to respect Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
The story of America’s Indigenous peoples is a story of their resilience and survival; of their persistent commitment to their right to self-governance; and of their determination to preserve cultures, identities, and ways of life. Long before European explorers sailed to this continent, Native American and Alaska Native Nations made this land their home, some for thousands of years before the United States was founded. They built many Nations that created powerful, prosperous, and diverse cultures, and they developed knowledge and practices that still benefit us today.”