*After initial publication, Mayor Steven Baldridge answered Mvskoke Media’s inquiry about the status of Columbus Day, stating Indigenous People’s Day will be on the same day and not replace it.
Indigenous People’s Day set on the same date as Columbus Day
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma— The Okmulgee City Council voted unanimously Sept. 18 in favor of designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day.
According to Mayor Steven Baldridge, the change had been planned for some time with support from the city council as well as the community.
“We had been talking about this because it’s something that has been going on nationally. And we wanted to consider this since we’re the Muscogee (Creek) capital,” Baldridge said.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Rep. Del Beaver attended the meeting in support of the city’s proclamation.
“I appreciate the city of Okmulgee passing this resolution. I think it’s great, it may be a little overdue… but it’s a good step,” Beaver said.
Baldridge said he hopes other cities that are home to tribal capitals will take notice of Okmulgee’s move and follow suit.
“I hope that it sets a good example because we’re proud of our heritage as Americans and we want to honor the indigenous people… and I hope that they will pass resolutions as well,” Baldridge said
Beaver said the resolution demonstrates the economic influence of the tribe.
“It shows that we’re still around and we’re a viable entity within all these municipalities,” Beaver said.
In a follow up inquiry by Mvskoke Media, Baldridge said Indigenous People’s Day will be on the same date as Columbus Day and not replace it.3 comments