Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo will hold celebrations in honor of Native Americans – InForum

FARGO — In recognition of the generational trauma Native Americans have gone through, the cities of Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead have issued proclamations and are planning celebrations.

In Fargo and West Fargo, Mayors Tim Mahoney and Bernie Dardis proclaimed Sept. 30 the Day of Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, after boarding school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad shared his story of having his new orange shirt taken off. first day of school.

Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson also signed the proclamation, which is an attempt to reconcile and offer new hope for Indigenous people to feel a sense of value, caring and cohesive belonging, according to the proclamation.

Municipal officials in Moorhead will declare an official proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day as a statutory holiday at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 10 at the American Legion Post 21, 303 30th St. N. The holiday will recognize the values ​​and contributions brought by Native Americans to communities through knowledge, science, philosophy, arts and culture.

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates Native Americans and commemorates their history and culture, according to a press release from Minnesota Moorhead State University.

What started in 1977 as a day of respect has now become a national holiday following President Joe Biden’s proclamation a year ago.

“This event and this official proclamation are steps in the right direction for the town of Moorhead. If we are to ensure fairness and foster inclusion, we must confront our past, the good and the bad,” said Jered Pigeon , Director of Diversity and Diversity at MSUM. inclusion.

The event is a partnership between the White Earth Veterans and Honor Guard, American Legion Post 21, City of Moorhead, Backyard Grilling Co., MSUM Veterans Resource Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Native Association, at 720 1st Ave. N. in Fargo will host a breakfast of oatmeal, wild rice and berries at 9:30 a.m. on October 10.

The event will include presentation of the Gladys Ray Award, speakers and information on Indigenous Peoples Day events. At noon, organizers will then host the 2022 Indigenous Peoples Day Lunch and Learn Understanding Generational Trauma, where people can learn how the 1953 Garrison Dam Flood on the Fort Berthold Reservation affected the community until ‘nowadays.

The event will be followed by a panel discussion on how understanding historical trauma supports Indigenous communities.

Additionally, the Office of Multicultural Programs at North Dakota State University plans to host a local historian and storyteller from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 10 to help celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

Christy Goulet, a registered member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, will share her experience of embracing her identity as an Indigenous woman near Babbling Creek on the NDSU campus.

A teepee will be erected near Babbling Creek and can be visited for photos from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Events are free and open to the public. November is Native American Heritage Month.

Nohemi M. Moore