We gathered here at Bəsčətxwəd, place of the black bear in Olympia, Washington (otherwise known as Heritage Park) with gratitude for allowing us to gather here in the home of Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Duwamish Nations. Native and Non-Native supporters came together 150 strong to rally and raise awareness of changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day here in the City of Olympia. The event started with an opening and welcome from Jim Peters, Squaxin Island Tribe. Squaxin Island Drum Group invited everyone to participle in singing the “Chief Dan George Prayer Song.” Many came to share throughout the evening from many Tribes from all across our territories here in Washington and beyond. To witness to this acknowledgment was emotional for many of us. Unbeknownst to the event organizers, City Councilman and Mayor Protem Nathaniel Jones came with a proclamation signed by the Mayor of Olympia Stephen H. Buxbaum. It was a great evening for Indigenous Peoples and their supporters. Thank you City of Olympia for doing the right thing!
I know the ancestors are happy – Brian Frisina
Brian Frisina aka Raven Redbone, he host a weekly local First Peoples Radio program called “Make No Bones About It” on KAOS radio 89.3 FM here in the olympia.
More info on www.ravenbone.com