CONTACT: Raisa Koltun, Chief of Staff
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today proclaimed October 9th, 2017 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Milwaukee County.
Last October, fourth graders from Indian Community School of Milwaukee located in Franklin, Wisconsin, drafted a resolution to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Milwaukee County Board Supervisor John Weishan, Jr. sponsored the resolution, which was in December of 2016 approved by the County Board and signed into law by County Executive Chris Abele.
Milwaukee County joins more than 20 communities nationwide, including the City of Madison and Dane County, which will now commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead on the same day as the federal Columbus Day holiday.
“I’m incredibly proud that Milwaukee County is officially recognizing and appreciating the contributions of native thought, culture, and technology in our society,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “I’m also proud that the next generation of Milwaukeeans cares so deeply about learning our true history and using their voice to enact change.”