Thursday, October 14, 2021. New York City – On Sunday, October 10 and Monday, October 11, 2021, different groups celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day (in some countries Indigenous people and their allies celebrate Day of the Indigenous Resistance).
Lenni-Lenape or Lenape Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of New York City. New York City is Lenapehoking (Homelands of the Lenape).
Lenapehoking is translated as ‘Homelands of the Lenape’. Lenapehoking is a term for the lands historically inhabited by the Native American people known as the Lenni-Lenape or simply “Lenape” (named the Delaware people or Delaware Nation by early European invaders). The Lenape Homeland included all of New Jersey, northern Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and southeastern New York.
More and more states and cities in the United States of America commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day (in some countries they call it “Día de la Raza” and they celebrate it on October 12).
On Sunday, October 10, 2021, members of Redrum Motorcycle Club (REDRUM MC) rode their motorcycles from Bowling Green in Manhattan to Randall’s Island to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
On the same Sunday, October 10, Colombians of the organization “The Eye Of Colombia” held the rally “Indigenous Peoples Day” at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. After the rally, they marched to Randall’s Island in the same borough of Manhattan; New York City.
Members of “The Eye Of Colombia” said on Facebook before the event, “We are calling out all anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists, decolonialists. Let’s build solidarity among the working class to fight back along indigenous communities. We are against the oppressive multinationals, the ruling class and the exploitative capitalist system.”
On Sunday, October 10, the group NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance held the 14th Annual Indigenous Day Of Remembrance in Manhattan, New York City. Despite the rain, a group of people attended the event that has been going on for 14 years.
On Sunday, October 10 and Monday, October 11, 2021, the Indigenous Peoples Day New York City Committee held the celebration Indigenous Peoples Day in Randall’s Island, in Manhattan.
On Sunday, October 17, 2021, the organization Antinanco will have the event “Honoring Indigenous Peoples and Land” in Brooklyn. Organizers say that “The day will be dedicated to honoring our Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island as original stewards of the lands on which we now live, and acknowledging the Land as an ancestral homeland of Lenapehoking.”
Organizers say on the website www.antinanco.org that they will begin with the Hoskie & Nesbah Walk Of Honor.“We will walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back) in memory of Missing, Murdered and Stolen Native American children and youth who lost their lives prematurely. We will meet at 1pm at the corner of Washington St and Front St in Brooklyn, NY where we will commence our walk,” they say. They will also have Indigenous Ceremony with Aztec, Lakota, Navajo and Yoruba songs and prayers at 2 PM at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Lawn and Drum and Sharing Circle at 7 PM with Paul and Lukah Tohlakai and EarthMovers Drum Collective followed by potluck, Antinanco, Holmdel, NJ.
Indigenous people are asking people to SIGN THE PETITION: “Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day NYC”. The petition says, in part, “Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day request that New York City officially declare the second Monday of October to be Indigenous Peoples Day in order to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the first peoples of this land.
Prominent historians have heavily documented Christopher Columbus’s vast legacy of violence, slavery, and oppression of Indigenous Peoples, and it is a critical time in our nation’s history where we must acknowledge and celebrate facts. Celebrating it continues the cross-generational historic trauma being perpetrated against the indigenous community causing continual genocide.
Recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day as a holiday serves as an opportunity for New Yorkers to learn even more about the cultural history associated with the Indigenous Peoples of this region and the land on which we live. It allows us to celebrate diversity while recognizing our similarities in a time that we see increasing human rights violations against our communities and assaults against the very environments our peoples need to survive.
New York City’s celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day would contribute greatly to the healing of America’s indigenous community, and it would honor this community’s resilience, strength, and ongoing contributions to American culture and history. Indigenous peoples and their voices are more important now than ever, with this community leading the way on the current, urgent issues like the growing call for greater environmental awareness and protections.”
“The second Monday of October is celebrated as Columbus Day by many people, but this holiday is rooted in inaccuracy and celebrates a tragic history of genocide and violence against the Indigenous Peoples of this country and all of the Americas.
Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, New Mexico, Maine, and South Dakota have officially designated the second Monday of October, the federal Columbus Day holiday, as Indigenous Peoples Day, joining an increasing number of localities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Seattle, that made the change,” says Chenae Bullock a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and descendant of the Montauk tribe of Long Island New, York.
Thousands are calling for the removal of the 5 Christopher Columbus statues in New York City and replace Columbus statues with sculptures of Lenni-Lenape people.
Gabriel Sandoval writes on TheCity.NYC, “In the city colonists built on Lenape land centuries ago, the number of Native Americans is on the rise, new census figures show as New York celebrates the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In the five boroughs of New York City, some 180,866 — or 2% — identify as “American Indian or Alaska Native” alone or in a combination of races in a city of 8.8 million, according to the 2020 Census. That’s up from 1.3% in 2010, when the decennial census tallied 111,749 of 8.1 million people.”
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Redrum Motorcycle Club (REDRUM MC)
REDRUM MC says on their website, “(formerly Redrum Crew) Is an Indigenous based Motorcycle Club, founded in 2006 on the foundation of the Red Road with a focus on brotherhood, motorcycling, community, respect, responsibility, fundraising and supporting family.
The idea of the name “REDRUM” was initially developed as “Red-Drum“. During the process of forming the club, the second “D” was dropped and it became REDRUM Crew. Later the club became known as REDRUM MC. The name “REDRUM” quickly became something of a conversation starter. This would spur conversation between the member and the curious.”
“The Eye Of Colombia”
“The Eye Of Colombia” says on Instagram, “Colombian-led community organization. Building international workers solidarity. Anti-imperialism and multinationals. LatinAmerica Free! Free All Lands!”
NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance
The group NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance says on Facebook, “The NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance is an Inter-tribal Annual Event at Columbus Circle to honor our First Nations/Indigenous Ancestors. We will never forget the genocide inflicted on our ancestors beginning in 1492. We Are Still Here to honor and celebrate Indigenous culture. This event is sponsored by local NYC indigenous volunteers.”
Indigenous Peoples Day New York City Committee
The Indigenous Peoples Day New York City Committee says on Facebook, “The Indigenous Peoples Day NYC Committee was formed to advocate for the establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day in NYC and the abolishment of Columbus Day and the removal of Columbus monuments in NYC.”
“Antinanco is committed to preserving traditional and indigenous knowledge, and providing access to education through wellness, mindfulness and nature experiences, as well as hands-on projects and environmental conservation projects. We involve children, families and youth groups in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in environmental stewardship, educating about the impact of our actions on the environment, and providing resources and solutions to maintain the integrity of the Northeastern ecosystems. In doing so, we lean extensively on indigenous traditions.”
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