Day celebrates indigenous people

By Reuben Gonzales - Staff Reporter



Highline will celebrate Indige- nous Peoples Day with two presen- tations on Monday.

The celebration, hosted by High- line's Indigenous People's Club, takes place on the federal Colum- bus Day holiday, and was first ob- served in South Dakota in 1989.

The holiday acknowledges Native Americans and their culture instead of celebrating Christopher Colum- bus' voyage to the New World.

Former Highline President Dr. Jack Bermingham signed a proc- lamation making Highline one of the many schools across the coun- try to devote the day to recogniz- ing the contributions of indige- nous peoples.

"We hope that students will have a better understanding of the first people here," said Dr. Tanya Powers, Highline Workforce and Baccalaureate Education director. "It is an acknowledgment that the land that we are on is from the first people here."

Monday's program will start with Denise Williams, the execu- tive director of higher education at Muckleshoot Tribal College.

Williams will provide a look into the culture and history of the Muck- leshoot Tribe. That presentation is from 10 to 11 a.m. in Building 2.

From 11 a.m. to noon in Build- ing 2, Hiram-Calf Looking from the Northwest Two-Spirit Society and will share stories about resil- ience and the roles of two-spirit people.

The presentations are a way to educate the general public and al- low them to learn more about their neighboring tribes, Dr. Powers said.

"We are [also] hoping it helps connect students with the Indig- enous People's Club," Dr. Powers said.

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