City of Olympia Proclamation
August 17, 2015
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial; and
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia recognizes that Olympia is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible; and
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia values the many contributions made to our community through Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts, and the deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of the City of Olympia; and
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia has a responsibility to oppose the systemic racism towards Indigenous People in the United States, which perpetuates poverty and income inequality, and exacerbates disproportionate health, education, and social stability; and
WHEREAS, the City of Olympia promotes the closing of the equity gap for Indigenous Peoples through policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history, and contributions; and
WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Stephen H. Buxbaum, Mayor of the City of Olympia, do hereby proclaim the following:
Section 1. The Indigenous Peoples’ Day shall be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and positive values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region.
Section 2. The Olympia Public Schools and other educational institutions are encouraged to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Section 3. The businesses, organizations, and public institutions are encouraged to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Section 4. The City of Olympia shall promote the well-being and growth of the American Indian and Indigenous community of the greater Olympia area.
Section 5. Indigenous Peoples’ Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous People, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, Duwamish, and other Indigenous nations add to our city.
Section 6. The second Monday in October shall be declared as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Olympia.
SIGNED IN THE CITY OF OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, THIS 17th DAY OF AUGUST, 2015.
Stephen H. Buxbaum,