Thursday, November 30, 2023

Fort Bragg Mayor Issues Proclamation Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day


The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:

[Graphic provided by the City of Fort Bragg]

Fort Bragg Mayor Bernie Norvell issued a Proclamation today proclaiming October 11, 2021 Indigenous Peoples’ Day and encouraged all citizens of Fort Bragg to join in celebrating and learning about the different cultures of Indigenous Peoples in our country, state and city.

Last year, the City Council adopted a resolution renaming the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a way of recognizing the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to our society and culture. Just today, President Biden proclaimed October 11, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizing the contributions that Indigenous peoples have made throughout history in public service, entrepreneurship, scholarship, the arts and countless other fields.

The Mayor’s Proclamation recognizes that Fort Bragg was built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of the area, now known as the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians. For more information on the Pomo, visit their website at https://www.sherwoodvalleybandofpomo.com/.

Mayor Norvell will read the proclamation at the next City Council meeting, on Tuesday, October 12. To
view the Proclamation, click here. Members of the public are invited to attend the Zoom meeting at 6:00
PM on Tuesday via this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87844903299.

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  1. It also needs to be recognized that the Spanish European stole Mexico, Central America, South America, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Haiti from Indigenous people. Southern Spain is near Morocco, which gives a lot of Spanish European a darker skin color but does not make them an oppressed minority. Portugal and Spain were the last countries to abolish slavery.

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