On uplifting its indigenous community, Berkeley must commit to making concrete changes

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley has made much progress on honoring its indigenous community members. But 27 years later, there is still much more to be done

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Alexander Hong/Staff

Twenty-seven years ago, Berkeley was the first city in the United States to formally celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of the flawed holiday of Columbus Day. The city started a significant trend — almost 60 other cities across the country now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. And while this holiday is
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Sunrise Ceremony held on Alcatraz Island

Reminders of the occupation were embedded into the infrastructure of the island. They were written across the water tower, above the “United States Penitentiary” sign on the docks. “WELCOME INDIANS,” read one in a weathered, but still legible, red paint. “INDIAN LAND,” read another.
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