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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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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Community members gather in support of Standing Rock protesters

On Thursday, as more than 100 people protesting the construction of a pipeline were arrested in North Dakota, people gathered in the Multicultural Community Center on campus to raise awareness of the struggle in North Dakota and share in what Native American performer Supaman called “the good medicine of laughter and hip hop and prayer.”
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