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Indigenous Peoples Day 2015 Olympia



Indigenous Peoples Day

Why is that so important? … It means that we have made a very large part of the world recognize who we are and even to stand with us in solidarity in our long fight. From now on, children all over the world will learn the true story of American Indians on Columbus Day instead of a pack of lies about three European ships.”

– Jimmie Durham, 1977

Since the invasion of Turtle Island our Indigenous Peoples have been under attack. Columbus represents genocide, raping, boarding schools and the displacement of our Indigenous Peoples. For my family and me, we are working toward social justice and human rights for all Indigenous Peoples. We promote, highlight and recognize the necessity of Indigenous wisdom for humanity survival.

“Indigenous Peoples Day” re-imagines Columbus Day and transforms  celebration of a known murder of our Indigenous Peoples into an opportunity to expose historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas. It is time for us to recognize and celebrate indigenous resistance. It is time we stop the genocidal attack of Mama Earth and the Original Peoples of this world if we are going to survive. It is time for us all to start the healing. “This is in the spirit of Billy Frank, Jr.”

October 12th, this year in Olympia will be an evening of sharing words from our Tribal Nations and City Officials. We will be starting with our local Indigenous Peoples: Lummi, Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin, Quileute, and beyond. We will be starting the evening with a welcome from representatives from Nisqually and Squaxin followed with songs from Squaxin Island Drum Group. Throughout the evening we will be hearing from Native voices: Nancy Shippentower, Puyallup Nation, John McCoy, Tulalip Nation, DouGlas Skarhoniatai, Mohawk, and Swil Kanim, Lummi Nation. We will also be hearing from Stephen Buxbaum, Mayor of Olympia and Nathaniel Jones Mayor Pro- tem. Before the evening is over we will finish with an open mic for the remainder of time.

Join us at Sylvester Park, Capital Way S & Legion Way SE, Olympia, Washington 98501

October 12th, 2015, 4-8 pm

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Brian Frisina aka Raven Redbone, hosts a weekly local Indigenous Peoples

Radio program called “Make No Bones About It” on KAOS radio 89.3 FM here in the Olympia. Contact: Brian Frisina,

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KAOS Fall Pledge Drive 2015


KAOS Radio

KAOS is a non-commercial community/college radio station broadcasting from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Tune in on 89.3 FM in the South Sound or by webstream.


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In the Spirit of Billy Frank Jr.


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.
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City of Olympia recognizes Indigenous People’s Day!



OLYMPIA, WA. August 18, 2015: At a rally in Olympia’s Heritage Park on Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones announced that the City of Olympia has proclaimed the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The announcement was a welcome surprise to supporters of the holiday. “The future feels a little better today,” Lucas Saul, one of the organizers, said.

Mr. Jones began by quoting a letter to the Olympian by Fred LaMotte: “What really matters? We imagine ourselves divided by race, religion, party, class, and tribe. But these divisions are mental constructs, not biological facts. If we are to survive, we need to more deeply honor the elements we actually share in common: the air we breathe, the aquifer we drink, the soil that grows our food, the sunlight that graces us with energy.” Mr. Jones continued, “I’m here as a representative of the City of Olympia, and I’m here to read a proclamation from the city.” The proclamation acknowledges the contributions of Native Americans, the history of oppression and ongoing disparities between Native and Non-Native populations, and encourages local schools and businesses to honor the holiday, before proclaiming that “the second Monday in October shall be declared as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Olympia.”

The proclamation can be viewed in full at Olympia joins other cities that have declared the date formerly celebrated as Columbus Day to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including Minneapolis and Seattle.

About 150 supporters of Indigenous Peoples’ Day gathered in Heritage Park to rally in favor of the new holiday on Monday afternoon.

Council member Jim Peters of the Squaxin Nation opened the event, followed by a song from the Squaxin Island drum group. Falcon Sison (Nisqually) spoke about the importance of love before he and the Nisqually Canoe Family shared a song.

Other speakers included Anna Sablan.and her son Tahahawat Payne Sablanof the Quileutte Nation and Cleo Frank of the Nisqually Tribe. Matt Remle (Lakota), who was instrumental in Seattle’s adoption of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, also attended and spoke at the rally.

After the proclamation was announced, Marco Black, Sr. (Quinault) invited the audience to gather for a victory song. The mood was jubilant.

As the crowd dispersed and the sun set over Capitol Lake, members of the Squaxin, Nisqually, and Quinault nations continued playing traditional songs.

“The ancestors are happy,” Brian Frisina said. “This is in the spirit of Billy Frank, Jr.”

Brian Frisina

Olympia Indigenous Peoples_ Day Press Release 8.17.15

Indigenous Peoples Day – Olympia -Let’s make it happen! – August 17th, 2015, 6pm Heritage Park Olympia Washington



We will be gathering at bəsčətxwəd (place of the black bear) Olympia, Washington for a gathering of folks that would like to see Olympia City Council follow the City of Seattle’s decision to change Columbus Day -October 9th to Indigenous Peoples Day! Bring drums songs and your vision to help make this happen this October 9th, 2015.

PDF form of Agenda

Indigenous Peoples Day Olympia

Word form of Agenda

Indigenous Peoples Day Olympia

Indigenous Peoples Day Website

Petition for Indigenous Peoples Day

10708758_10205090059671561_5704630101996325927_oSupporters at last year gathering at City Hall (October 2014).  Photo by Gary Galbreath

Chief Arvol Looking Horse


World Peace and Prayer Day 2015


World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites 2015


From Wherever You Are

Thank you for being a part of this prayer and joining us on June 21st from wherever you are.

World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites 2015.
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World Peace and Prayer Day

World Peace and Prayer Day 2015


Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations),

On this June 21st, 2015 we as the Spiritual People, from the guidance of Great Spirit, will light our sacred fire of 20 years.

My heart is heavy as I share my feelings with each and every one of you; it feels as though humanity has gone too far. It was shown in a dream long ago, that we would come to a time in this global community, we would have to unite at our Sacred Sites once again to bring back healing. Many Nations would stand shoulder to shoulder in the Sacred Hoop. The future of our children’s health and wellbeing is dependent on our efforts. They need every person’s prayer from the Global Community.

We are sincerely asking prayers for the People that are spiritually disconnected who are making decisions that only last in their life time of survival for profit off Mother Earth. Mother Earth is the source of life not a resource. Many Sacred Sites have been abused and controlled by People who do not know Spirit.

In our prophecies when earth and climate change begins to disrupt the natural cycle of survival and life, the animals would warn with their sacred color white. This will be a sign of what is called the Crossroads; either be faced with chaos, disasters and witness tears from our relatives eyes or we can unite spiritually in this Global Community – All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

We must regain the respect and honor back for the Sacred Sites and Sacred Places of worship. Long ago, wars left these places and people of prayer alone, today they are being destroyed. I know that many People feel the same as I do.

This has been a long journey of many tests and hardship at times. If it were not for the People that believed in spirit of the white animals we would have never come this far. We ran and rode horse back carrying that sacred message for the health and well being of Mother Earth and all her creation. We did our best. I would like to acknowledge all those who heard the call and sponsored the event of June 21st to grow on their continent and honor their local Sacred Site.

This year many will travel again to their sacred places. In Ashland, Oregon, we will honor my Hunka (adopted) Father Dave Chief for instructing RED (Red Earth Descendants) to pray since 1996 at their Sacred Site. I ask the Global community to pray with us, whether it is a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or where ever the spirit may guide to pray with us on this day.

In a sacred hoop of life where there is no ending and beginning,

Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),

Nac’a (Traditional Leader -Chief) Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle

World Peace Prayer Day 2015

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz speaks in Olympia on May 4 and 5 about her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz speaks in Olympia on May 4 and 5 about her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

Native American feminist scholar and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be speaking in Olympia on Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, about her new Beacon Press book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. She will be speaking at Olympia Timberland Library on Monday, May 4, at 6:30-7:45 pm, and at the Evergreen Longhouse on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00-9:00 pm. The events are free and open to the public. Download and print the poster for the May 5 Evergreen event:

The publisher describes the book: “Today, in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These individuals are the descendants of the once fifteen million people who inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist–designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.”

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historical reference for all Americans. . . . The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights.”
Peterson Zah, former president of the Navajo Nation

“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz writes a masterful story that relates what the Indigenous peoples of the United States have always maintained: Against the settler U.S. nation, Indigenous peoples have persevered against actions and policies intended to exterminate them, whether physically, mentally, or intellectually. Indigenous nations and their people continue to bear witness to their experiences under the U.S. and demand justice as well as the realization of sovereignty on their own terms.”
–Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and author of Reclaiming Diné History

An Indigenous Peoples’ History …pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations. If the United States is a ‘crime scene,’ as she calls it, then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. A sobering look at a grave history.”
Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations

“Justice-seekers everywhere will celebrate Dunbar-Ortiz’s unflinching commitment to truth—a truth that places settler-colonialism and genocide exactly where they belong: as foundational to the existence of the United States.”
Waziyatawin, PhD, activist and author of For Indigenous Minds Only
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About Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most of the years since, although the marriage ended. Her account of life up to leaving Oklahoma is recorded in Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. She has a daughter, Michelle.

Roxanne graduated, majoring in History, from San Francisco State College, a working class public institution, but was selected for History graduate school at University of California at Berkeley, transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History. From 1967 to 1972, she was a full time activist living in various parts of the United States, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. This time of her life and the aftermath, 1960-1975, is the story told in Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years.

Roxanne took a position teaching in a newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies. In 1974, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights.

Her first published book, The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty, was published in 1977 and was presented as the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. That book was followed by two others in the following years: Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680-1980 and Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination.  In over a hundred trips to Nicaragua and Honduras from 1981 to 1989, she monitored what was called the Contra War. Her book, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War was published in 2005.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s visit is sponsored by the Evergreen program “Native Decolonization in the Pacific Rim: From the Northwest to New Zealand,” in collaboration with the TESC President’s Diversity Fund, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Native Programs at Evergreen, Olympia Timberland Library, Friends of the Library, Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, TESC Tacoma, & TESC programs “Current Economic & Social Issues,” “Reflecting on Activism,” and “Branching Out: Ethnobotanical Gardens.”For background on Native Programs at Evergreen:



The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. The Evergreen State College is located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW (the closest parking will be in the B Lot; turn to the left as you drive into campus, and walk the footpath to the Longhouse).

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Download and print the poster for the May 4 Library event:

Download and print the poster for the May 5 Evergreen event:

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