Brown University celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 6, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day after faculty renamed what used to be called Columbus Day.

The Ivy League university says a celebration of indigenous peoples is planned for Saturday afternoon in the Sayles Hall Auditorium.

Saturday’s events, organized by students, bring celebratory cultural activities and food to campus. It’s free and open to the public.

Student organizer Ruth Miller says it’s an opportunity to recognize native people’s historic sacrifices and the battles they’re still fighting. A Friday night panel discussed contemporary indigenous activism.

This year’s celebration is the third since Brown faculty voted to designate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Following a campaign by students, Brown changed the name to recognize the contributions of Native Americans and foster a more inclusive community. .