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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

| Thursday, October 5, 2017

“The past is never dead. It is not even the past.” -William Faulkner*

We, the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, ask that the University solidify its commitment to inclusion and its indigenous population by declaring Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”

We feel that our experiences have been ignored by the University in spite of its self-proclaimed commitment to native populations during “The Trail.” The declaration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day would make Notre Dame the fifth major academic institution to do so and denote a commitment to continuing the conversation.

We invite all of campus, especially those who work in the Main Building under the Dome, to join us in peaceful protest in front of the Columbus murals on Monday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. We are excited to open discussions on Native American representation at Notre Dame.

*This Faulkner quote was chosen by the University to justify the Columbus Murals in the Dome. We reject their interpretation and take it back for ourselves.

Dominic Acri

Sicangu Oyate

senior

Lia Acri

Sicangu Oyate

freshman

Clare Armstrong

Osage

freshman

Alan-Mychal Boyd

Sicangu Oyate

freshman

Mark Brinegar

Muskogee Creek

sophomore

Carrera Brown

Diné

senior

Angela Dunsmoor

Chippewa

senior

Grayson Maker

Cherokee

sophomore

James L. Martínez Weitzel

Diné

junior

Alexander Morton

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik

junior

Mikaela Murphy

Cherokee

freshman

Rebecca Parmenter

Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohicans

sophomore

Armani Porter

Eastern Band Cherokee

senior

Katie Ward

junior

Marcus Winchester-Jones

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik

freshman

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  • William Wolfe

    I also add my name to the list of signees on this article.

    William Wolfe
    Citizen Potawatomi Nation
    graduate student