(Adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day Locally in Place of Columbus Day)
To see if the Town will vote to: Adopt the following resolution locally to henceforth commemorate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
We recognize that, prior to the arrival of European settlers, Nantucket Island was inhabited for thousands of years by the Wampanoag people. We also acknowledge that the Wampanoag people were subjected to great suffering as result of the immigration of white settlers, including being exposed to disease (“Indian Sickness” was a novel virus for them), erosion of their cultural traditions, loss of land and forced conversion from their spiritual traditions to Christianity.
Save for a few articles in the Whaling Museum and a tiny plaque on the Surfside Bike Path marking a Wampanoag burial site, Nantucket Island pays virtually no homage to this long history of land stewardship by our original native population. We are all standing today, and building our homes and businesses, on the ancestral territory of the Wampanoag. As such, we request that the town vote to change locally the name of the October holiday known as “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” or otherwise act thereon.
(Emily Osley, et al)
FINANCE COMMITTEE MOTION: Moved to take no action on the Article.