Mayor Beutler today encouraged the public to observe Lincoln's first official "Indigenous Peoples' Day" Monday, October 10. The Mayor has signed a resolution designating the second Monday in October as a holiday to honor our Native American heritage. The resolution was unanimously approved by the City Council Monday, September 26.
A public celebration and rally are planned for 6 to 10 p.m. Monday on the north side of the State Capitol. ( Indigenous Flyer 1.3MB). If the weather is bad, the event will be held at the Lincoln Indian Center, 1100 Military Rd.
The second Monday in October is also recognized as Columbus Day, a legal holiday, by the federal government and many states, including Nebraska. State and federal offices are closed on that day. The City of Lincoln does not recognize either Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day as legal holidays, and City offices will remain open. The Lincoln City Council, however, will not meet on October 10.
"I want to thank the Lincoln Indian Center and all those who testified at the public hearing on the Indigenous Peoples' Day resolution, Mayor Beutler said. "I am proud that Lincoln is now one of more than a dozen U.S. cities to observe this holiday."