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Record #: O2019-6976   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 9/18/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 1-8 establishing Indigenous People day of commemoration
Sponsors: Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Taylor, Jeanette B. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Maldonado, Roberto, Martin, Matthew J. , Hadden, Maria E. , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Waguespack, Scott, Rodriguez, Michael D., La Spata, Daniel , Cardona, Jr., Felix
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 1 - General Provisions - Ch. 8 Corp Seal & Emblems
Attachments: 1. O2019-6976.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
Committee on Health and Human Relations City Council Meeting September 18, 2019 Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez Indigenous Peoples Day


WHEREAS, Indigenous Nations have lived upon this land and across the Western Hemisphere since time immemorial and that the City of Chicago recognizes that the original inhabitants of the area, now known as Chicago, is the Council of the Three Fires: Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Odawa along with over a dozen additional tribal nations; and

WHEREAS, despite the near decimation of the Indigenous Peoples here in Chicago due to European migration our city continues to be a site of gathering, trade, and ceremony for descendants from tribal nations that span across the Americas; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago has a responsibility to oppose the ongoing systematic racism towards Indigenous Peoples residing in the United States and recognizes the historic discrimination and violence inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples ofthe Western Hemisphere, including their forced removal from ancestral lands, and the deliberate and systematic destruction of their communities and culture; and

WHEREAS, in the late 1970's, a movement began to replace the Columbus Day holiday with a celebration knowrn as Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize and commemorate the contribution of Indigenous Peoples to the United States and to condemn the atrocities that were committed against them. Many cities and states have since chosen to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the same date as, and in lieu of, Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago recognizes the Celebration of Columbus Day perpetuates violence against the Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized communities through the promotion of American Exceptionalism, which continues to be grounded in the ideologies of white supremacy; and

WHEREAS, the Indigenous Populations of modern day Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as, the Bahamas, Cuba, Venezuela and Cent...

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