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Evers: Second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples' Day

In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Tony Evers speaks after winning Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial primary election during an event in Madison, Wis. Photo: Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File
In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Tony Evers speaks after winning Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial primary election during an event in Madison, Wis.

Updated: October 09, 2019 10:20 AM

Gov. Tony Evers has declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Wisconsin, following similar moves in other states away from recognizing it as Columbus Day.

WLUK-TV reports that Evers signed an executive order making the designation on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin. Evers says by signing the executive order the state is recognizing and appreciating trial nations and indigenous people and the contributions they've made to Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized American Indian tribes.

Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill says the change has been a long time coming and can serve as an educational tool about trial culture and history.

Other states that have moved away from observing Columbus Day include Minnesota, Vermont, Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota. Columbus Day remains a federal holiday.
 

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