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McCollum Statement on Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11, 2021
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) released the following statement in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the first people who lived in North America and their immeasurable value and contributions. As we celebrate these resilient and strong communities, we acknowledge the importance of the U.S. government upholding its trust and treaty obligations to tribal governments.

“I have signed on a cosponsor of legislation to formally establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a federal holiday. Tribal nations experience disproportionate challenges due to broken promises from the federal government and a lack of proper consultation on decisions that impact tribal treaty rights.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, tribes have experienced enormous losses – but they have also responded strongly, with high rates of vaccination to keep their communities safe. The federal government must do better to make good on its promises and support tribal communities. That is why I will soon be introducing the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act, to ensure that vital services for tribal communities are not disrupted by government shutdowns or delayed appropriations.

“Today I join Governor Walz and all Minnesotans in honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and especially celebrate Minnesota’s Ojibwe and Dakota nations.”