Monday, October 12, 2021 was Columbus Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day. In recognition of these two events, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. turned the spotlight on voices of the Black Indigenous community.
The museum streamed a panel discussion with Black Indigenous activists Amber Starks, Joy SpearChief-Morris, Kyle T. Mays, and others.
2021 marked the first time a U.S. president formally recognized National Indigenous People Day. President Biden issued a proclamation stating:
“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”