In place of the federally recognized Columbus Day, the university designates the second Monday of October Indigenous People’s Day. This change follows similar actions taken by the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and further recognizes that Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus is situated on Dakota land and adjacent to sacred burial mounds on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
To mark this important event, an observance ceremony takes place 12:30–1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 at the David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden located next to the Library and Learning Center. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Library Ecolab room 302.
The ceremony includes a talk by Dr. Darlene St. Clair, Dakota, about the historic Dakota presence in the Dayton’s Bluff/Mounds Park area and a pipe ceremony conducted by Nedla Kapishkowit Goodman, Menominee-Potawatomi spiritual leader.
This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the American Indian Advisory Council, the Ethnic and Religious Studies Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
The event includes the intention of using tobacco, sage, sweetgrass or cedar consistent with University Procedure 118: Smudging and Pipe Ceremonies.
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