[Vision2020] Spokane celebrates first Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a gathering in Riverfront Park

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 10:48:41 PDT 2016

Hi Ghazi,

You perhaps saw my column on Columbus Day in the DNews this morning. A copy
is attached.

I did not have space to thank you for giving me the materials on the
Doctrine of Discovery.

Here's hoping for a come-from-behind victory for Hillary in Georgia.

Take care,


On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Dr. S.M. Ghazanfar <ghazi at uidaho.edu>

> There are indeed parallels between the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' story
> and Israeli oppression of Palestinians ("apocalyptic vision," "end-times,"
> "exceptionalism," "manifest destiny," etc.;)--see the following article
> coming from Europe ......
> http://europalforum.org.uk/en/post/1527/Why+we+must+see+
> Israeli+policies+as+a+form+of+settler+colonialism+By%3A+Ben+
> White+?mc_cid=8a8b987ed5&mc_eid=14f2b0f47d
> Also see a 2003 article on this subject:
> http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/01/14/palestinians-and-native-americans/
> And here is another piece on Columbus......
> http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/10/
> christopher-columbus-myth-giving-161005051835083.html
> Best wishes....
> On 10/11/2016 8:20 AM, Moscow Cares wrote:
> Courtesy of today's (October 11, 2016) Spokesman-Review
> ---------------------------------
> Spokane celebrates first Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a gathering in
> Riverfront Park
> Through song, dance and prayer, the indigenous peoples of the Inland
> Northwest sent a clear message during a celebration Monday: We’re still
> here.
> At a gathering that began outside Spokane City Hall and ended on
> Riverfront Park’s Canada Island, a group of over 100 people celebrated the
> first Indigenous Peoples’ Day since the City Council voted in August to
> rename Columbus Day
> <http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/aug/29/city-council-changes-columbus-day-to-indigineous-p/>
> .
> “That acknowledges for us that we’re still here and we have a future,”
> said Dave BrownEagle, a Spokane tribal member who opened the celebration.
> Spokane is home to one of the largest urban indigenous populations in the
> U.S. There are 14,286 enrolled tribal members in Spokane County according
> to Toni Lodge, CEO of the Native Project, representing about 300 tribes.
> The celebration included drumming and song from the Salish School of
> Spokane, intertribal dances, prayer and reflection.
> “We celebrate the resilience, the fight, the stamina, the love that
> carried each and every ancestor forward,” said Jo Ann Kauffman in an
> opening prayer.
> The gathering mixed joyful celebration of indigenous cultures with sober
> reflection on healing from the trauma of genocide. Outside City Hall, about
> two dozen people of all ages dressed for fancy dancing, grass dance and
> jingle dance stepped in a circle to the beat of a drum.
> On Canada Island, many young people tried their hand at Powwow Sweat
> <http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/sep/28/coeur-dalene-tribes-powwow-sweat-exercise-video-fe/>,
> a program developed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that reimagines traditional
> dances as cardio exercise routines. The island is due to be renamed and
> reimagined by the Spokane Tribe of Indians
> <http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/sep/19/spokane-tribe-given-chance-to-rename-reimagine-can/> as
> part of the larger Riverfront Park redesign.
> Kauffman, a Nez Perce tribal member, approached the City Council
> <http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/aug/25/spokane-council-to-consider-exchanging-columbus-da/> about
> changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day earlier this year. She
> said Monday that truth and reconciliation were a first step to healing
> relationships between indigenous people and settlers.
> “He brought an era of genocide to the Western Hemisphere,” she said of
> Columbus.
> Many spoke about the common connection local tribes have with water and
> salmon.
> Lovina Louie, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, had tears in her eyes
> as she talked about the Spokane River.
> “Because we were put on reservations, we were taken away from the water. A
> lot of us are coming back,” she said.
> Tribal leaders carried a traditional Salish sturgeon-nosed canoe built by
> local artist Shawn Brigman to Canada Island on Monday as part of the
> celebration. Brigman, a member of the Spokane Tribe, has built 16 canoes
> for local tribes. Some of the canoes traveled with local tribal members to
> North Dakota in support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of a
> planned oil pipeline across sacred sites
> <http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-court-denies-tribe-s-request-halt-dakota-access-pipeline-n662926>
> .
> Louie’s was one of six families on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation recently
> selected to build their own canoe through a workshop with Brigman.
> “When that canoe touched our water, I could feel our ancestors welcoming
> us home,” Louie told the crowd.
> ---------------------------------
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares"
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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