Mashpee Tribe Replaces Columbus Day With ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

MASHPEE – The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has altered their government’s holiday schedule by replacing Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

The resolution was passed unanimously this week by the Tribal Council. The Tribe will now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.

“As the Tribe that first came into contact with the Pilgrims and whose modern-day descendants govern sovereign tribal land in parts of Mashpee and Taunton, we are intimately familiar with, and have been tremendously impact by, the legacy of Columbus.” said Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. “There’s enough social space in this country to recognize the proud heritage of our Italian-American brothers and sisters, while never forgetting America’s first people.”

“The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe shall continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of all Indigenous communities and continue to project the Indigenous homelands of the Wampanoag Nation,” the resolution reads.

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