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Message from the Director

Dear AISC community,

As you may have already heard, yesterday The LA City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day and establish Indigenous Peoples Day in its place, on the second Monday of October. This is a big victory for indigenous people, and indeed, for all of Los Angeles! While many peoples' work went into making this happen, I want to particularly recognize Councilman Mitch O'Farrell (Wyandotte), who sponsored the proposal, our alum Chrissie Castro (Navajo) of the LA City and County Indian Commission, who coordinated the work of the community coalition (and much more!), as well as our colleagues Gaspar Rivera Salgado (Mixteco) of the UCLA Labor Center and the LA City Human Relations Commission, and Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) and Maylei Blackwell (Cherokee descent) of the UCLA Mapping Indigenous LA project. UCLA and AIS were well represented at the Council meeting yesterday, so thanks to all who came and and worked in support of this historic vote.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


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