Madison's Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to proclaim the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day, upholding a proclamation it first made in 2005.
The day runs counter to Columbus Day, also the second Monday in October. Indigenous Peoples Day honors and celebrates the contributions Native Americans have made to Madison and the U.S., according to the proclamation resolution.
The city first made the proclamation in 2005. What's different this year, Ald. Rebecca Kemble, District 18, said, is by proclaiming the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day, it will be celebrated "in perpetuity moving forward."
Kemble said the proclamation helps encourage Madisonians to think about the history and culture of the city they're living in, which involves Native Americans.
"Whether we know it or not, some of our love of the land has deep historical roots," she said.
Speaking at Tuesday's Common Council meeting, Madison resident Janet Saiz, of the Ponca Nation of Nebraska, said, "I'm glad to see the city has recognized the fact that we're here, we're still alive and we will persist in standing up for those things that we feel are important for the indigenous people of the state."
This year's Indigenous Peoples Day falls on Oct. 10.