Princeton is the 2nd N.J. locality, first in Philly region to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 14, 2019

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Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation (Courtesy of Cultural Heritage Partners)

WHYY reports that “contrary to some press accounts, local officials say Princeton is not replacing Columbus Day.  Unlike other cities in the region, like Philadelphia, Princeton did not have a parade in Columbus’ honor or other celebrations to begin with.”  In recognition of the day, at 6:30 PM, the Princeton Public Library will screen “Dakota 38.”  This 2012 documentary follows a group of Native Americans, many direct descendants of 38 Dakota men who were hanged on Dec. 26, 1862, on a 330-mile journey on horseback to the site of the execution. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln following the Dakota War of 1862, the event was the largest mass-execution in United States History. The film is the story of the journey, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed the riders along the way, and the dark history that they are beginning to wipe away. 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Read an article about the film from “Indian Country Today.

 

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