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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

UNM students hold rally on Indigenous Peoples' Day

Students at UNM held a rally, yesterday, that was part protest and part rally. As the UNM student organizer Deborah Horse Chief notes, there appears to be a resurregence in Indigenous activism and columbus day is becoming something of a rallying point.

Natives protest Columbus Day
Rally celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day instead

Media Credit: Tina Larkin
Jeff Cherino, left, and Doreen Tenorio look at an American-Indian magazine in the SUB on Monday during a rally held by Native American studies to protest Columbus Day.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 2004, students from Native American studies say that's no reason for celebration.

American-Indian students protested Columbus Day on Monday with a rally in the SUB, saying the day should instead be called Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Rebekah Horse Chief, one of the organizers of the event, read a declaration stating Columbus began a sordid tale of assimilation, acculturation, genocide and maiming of an indigenous population when he landed on the shores of Cuba. full article

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