California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday with a curiously mixed message: he honored those who have immigrated to California “from across the globe” as well as the original local population.
Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay, California!
Today we honor and celebrate the perseverance, rich diversity and contributions of all Indigenous peoples—from the first peoples of this place to those from across the globe who now call California home. pic.twitter.com/TfAinDD5Jw
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 11, 2021
Monday, which is still observed by the federal government as Columbus Day, marks the third observance Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the State of California. Long a fringe, left-wing day of protest against explorer Christopher Columbus as the supposed herald of imperialism, Indigenous Peoples’ Day has recently been embraced by the Democratic Party.
President Joe Biden observed it on the campaign trail in 2020, and issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of the day on Friday.
On Monday, as part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day observances, Newsom announced a partnership between the state’s Truth & Healing Council, which exists to provide a forum for Native American perspectives on California’s history, and the Decolonizing Wealth Project, a self-described “radical” group that aims to “disrupt” capitalism. The Decolonizing Wealth Project is, in turn, run by a left-wing non-profit organization based in Detroit called Allied Media Projects, Inc.
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