BOSTON (CBS) — A crowd rallied together and marched to the State House in Boston in support of Indigenous people on Saturday. The group is demanding Indigenous Peoples Day be recognized by local, state, and federal governments.
They also celebrated Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s declaration that Boston will observe Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday in October. She signed the executive order on Wednesday.READ MORE: Runner Who Suffered Heart Attack During Boston Marathon Hopes To Come Back Stronger
A speaker detailed the five bills currently in the Massachusetts Indigenous Legislative Agenda, including one that would make a commission on the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students. Another would ban Native American mascots.READ MORE: Record Fall Warmth: An Unprecedented Autumn In New England
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The group has a list of other demands which include renaming the Christopher Columbus Park in Boston, addressing racial injustice, and no projects on Indigenous land without prior and informed consent.