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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Complete With An Open Mic

The Sundial is the place to be

The Sundial is the place to be

Columbia University’s Native American Council will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day today, in lieu of Columbus Day, and with good reason—so take this opportunity to cast off second-grade history (replete with offensive pageants and revisionist history) and stop moaning about having class today. They will be on College Walk all day to promote several activities: there will be a petition to recognize the Lenni-Lenape people with a plaque on campus, an eye-opening quote-matching game, and boards for posting public comments. Look out for the open mic from 6 to 7 pm at the Sundial, featuring poetry, songs, and spoken word performances from community members.

Protest outside Diana

People outside Diana

Update, 11:40 am: There was a gathering outside the Diana Center at Barnard in support of divestment from fossil fuels. The chalk writing on the ground reads, “Barnard profits from the exploitation of people and the environment.” Another one reads, “Defend our Mother Earth.”

Update, 4:30 pm: The chalk drawing advocating for divestment is apparently unconnected to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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7 Comments

  • yeah!! says:

    @yeah!! why would anyone want to celebrate the achievements of the man who did more than anyone else to bring western culture to this continent???

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Columbus sailed in a small wooden boat with no gps across half the globe over five hundred years ago. What did the “indigenous” people do?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What does a divestment protest have to do with indigenous people? Is it that hard to click “New Article”?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous The divest chalk thing isn’t related to the Indigenous People’s Day events with NAC. And that group of students isn’t a protest, its a tour group of prospective students. The chalk thing is a separate thing to support fossil fuel divestment.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous RE: the comment^^ climate change disproportionately affects indigenous people and by investing in fossil fuels, Barnard is profiting from the industries such as coal mining and fracking companies that are expropriating sacred land:

    Bureau of Land Management auctioning Chaco Culture National Park:
    http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/revisit/commentary/golden-green/is-nothing-sacred-fracking-and-chaco-canyon-national-historic-park.html

    Thunder Butte Refinery builing on reservation land:
    http://www.startribune.com/n-d-tribal-members-question-oil-boom-s-effects-on-sacred-land/233854981/

    Resolution Copper Mining, taking Apache sacred site Oak Flat:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/opinion/selling-off-apache-holy-land.html?_r=0

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous this is a mistake.. the divest picture is unrelated. it should be a separate post

  • Hate to burst your bubble says:

    @Hate to burst your bubble That’s not a “divestment protest,” that’s a group of prospies and their fams getting a tour of Barnard. The “protest” was somebody waking up early to scribble with chalk on the ground.

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