Flagstaff explores Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 16:59:20-05

Flagstaff may join several other American cities in creating an Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports council members voted unanimously last week to have city staff move forward with a three-step process. The holiday would encourage celebrating Native American culture annually on Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

About 100 people in favor of the move attended the council meeting and some spoke in support.

Councilwoman Eva Putzova's process calls for city staff to present a report in the coming months on the implementation of Flagstaff's memorandum of understanding with the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.

City staff will also set town hall meetings for the public and tribes to provide input.

At least nine cities celebrated Indigenous People's Day for the first time last year.