Does your town or city celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Contact your representative to find out! Here is a template you can use to raise this issue. Below are listed links to find and contact your state representatives:
New Hampshire State Representatives
Massachusetts State Representatives
Connecticut State Representatives
Rhode Island State Representatives
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Fact Sheet: A one-pager we created with information about Christopher Columbus.
FACT CHECK on 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation: A three page guide to misinformation presented in President Trump’s 2018 Presidential Proclamation of Columbus Day.
From Mouth of the River, The Oyster River High School Magazine, an article describing 2019 events in Durham, NH, in celebration of Indigenous people’s day.
From Zinn Education Project: It is time to stop celebrating the crimes of Columbus and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous people who demand an end to Columbus Day. Instead of glorifying a person who enslaved and murdered people, destroyed cultures, and terrorized those who challenged his rule, we seek to honor these communities demanding sovereignty, recognition, and rights. We encourage schools to petition their administration and for communities to introduce legislation to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here is a link information and resources to join the campaign to Abolish Columbus Day.
“Rethink Columbus: A Lesson Plan for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” A grade 6-8 lesson plan for teaching the history of Indigenous Peoples Day.
Deconstructing the Myths of Christopher Columbus in Children’s Literature This essay by Judy Dow (Abenaki) details 12 common myths about Christopher Columbus and provides resources and facts for discussion.
Depicting Columbus This essay, written by Michiel van Groesen, references the engravings by Theodore de Bry from 1592 depicting the landing of Columbus on Hispaniola in 1492. The article discusses de Bry and historical context for his representations of Columbus.
Indigenous Peoples Day This resource from the Unitarian Universalist Association suggests ways to honor Indigenous people on IPD.
Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People This essay by high school teacher Bill Bigelow offers some information about the Taíno people Columbus encountered in the Caribbean.