Local Activists Defend ‘Indigenous Peoples Day 5’

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Local Activists Defend ‘Indigenous Peoples Day 5’

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The five indigenous women and Two Spirit people have been charged with felony vandalism after toppling a Junipero Serra statue in October of last…

Indigenous People’s Day is, by its very name, a day for reclamation. In 14 states and 130 cities across the country, what was originally called Columbus Day was renamed in an effort to acknowledge the violent and problematic legacy of the 15th century explorer and recognize the original inhabitants of what is now known as the United States.

But when protestors toppled and slathered red paint on a statue of Junipero Serra outside Mission San Rafael Arcángel last October, local authorities decided it was a step too far. Read Full Article