“Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont signed an executive proclamation Thursday, making the change. Under the decree, Shumlin said a growing number of cities in towns in the United States have recognized the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” B. Evans, NBC5
“The day is an opportunity to celebrate indigenous heritage and resiliency, the proclamation stated…The State of Vermont recognizes that it was founded and is built upon lands first inhabited by the Indigenous Peoples of this region – the Abenaki and their ancestors and allies – and acknowledges and honors the members of the community, both past and present.
Shumlin encouraged all Vermonters to celebrate the new holiday… Town Manager Leo Pullar said the issue is important to many in the area.The Abenaki, one of the indiginous peoples of this area…culturally, historically have given great contributions to this area, said Pullar.
The tribe has its own government and constitution.The push to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in 1977. It has gained in popularity in recent years.”
For Teachers: visit the site Warpath2Peacepipes which provides interesting facts, information and a history timeline of the Native American Indians of Vermont.