Highline celebrates indigenous people

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter



Highline will celebrate Native American history with its second annual Indigenous People's Day.

Last year, retired Highline president Jack Bermingham gave an official proclamation that the second Monday in October would be Indigenous People's Day at Highline.

Highline has since started celebrating the holiday, which has replaced Columbus Day.

Indigenous People's Day, also called Native American Day, first began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day.

It is now a day used at Highline to celebrate and educate the public on the Indigenous people's culture and history.

"Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to learn about the closest federally recognized tribe to Highline College, which is the Muckleshoot," said Tanya Powers, Highline Workforce and Baccalaureate Education Director and member of the St. Lawrence Island Yupik tribe.

Indigenous Day celebrations and discussions will begin in Building 2 with Dr. Denise Bill.

"Denise Bill will discuss the culture and the history of the tribe, [as well as] the current state of the tribe... She is bringing Muckleshoot Tribal College students as well who will also share on history, culture and current state of affairs," said Powers.

Dr. Bill is a director of Higher Education at Muckleshoot Tribal College.

She will be discussing these topics from 10 to 11 a.m.

Then from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Building 7, Dr. Qwo –Li Driskill will continue the discussion on Indigenous Day.

Dr. Driskill will lead a workshop about the need to tell the Indigenous peoples' stories through history.

He will also share his own poetry, experiences, and stories within the Indigenous community.

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