Native people who inhabited the Americas suffered widespread genocide as Europeans colonized the continent before the birth of the United States. Inside and outside of today’s classrooms, a myth exists that no Native traditions, peoples, and cultures survived colonization. This narrative is perpetuated when history books rewrite Native people’s experiences since Columbus’ contact in 1492. Now is the time to proactively recognize the first people—who remain—and who continue to fight to preserve our environment. Columbus Day celebrations overlook the horrific acts suffered by Native people—support the dignity and human rights of Indigenous People by taking the Pledge.

I pledge to support the efforts by educators to make the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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