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Maine celebrates second Indigenous Peoples’ Day

At least 13 states, including Maine, do not celebrate Columbus Day, with most opting instead for Indigenous Peoples Day.
At least 13 states, including Maine, do not celebrate Columbus Day, with most opting instead for Indigenous Peoples Day.(Gray tv)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 6:51 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - Maine is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day Monday for the second time.

On April 26, 2019, Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 179, officially ending the observation of Columbus Day in Maine and designating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Governor Janet Mills recognized Indigenous Peoples Day Monday issuing the following statement-

“As we celebrate our 200th year as a state, it is important to recognize that our collective history goes much further back long before statehood. Maine’s culture today is in large part the direct result of those who first hunted, farmed, fished and occupied much of the land that we call our home. Today we honor the contributions and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of Maine and examine our shared history with open eyes, open minds and open hearts, pausing in gratitude for the long-standing presence of the Wabanaki tribes in the State of Maine, and recommitting ourselves to our shared future as a place and as a people.”

Maine Governor Janet Mills

“As we celebrate our 200th year as a state, it is important to recognize that our collective history goes much further back long before statehood. Maine’s culture today is in large part the direct result of those who first hunted, farmed, fished and occupied much of the land that we call our home. Today we honor the contributions and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of Maine and examine our shared history with open eyes, open minds and open hearts, pausing in gratitude for the long-standing presence of the Wabanaki tribes in the State of Maine, and recommitting ourselves to our shared future as a place and as a people.”

At least 13 states, including Maine, do not celebrate Columbus Day, with most opting instead for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Several virtual events and discussions are planned in Maine both Monday and Tuesday.

You can also learn more about the holiday, reasons behind it and resources about Indigenous peoples from the Maine State Museum by clicking here.

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