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Everyday should be Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

On the calendar each year, some set a day aside in October to acknowledge the thousands of Indigenous people across the U.S. This year that date falls on Monday, Oct. 11. President Joe Biden also proclaimed the day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and recognized their resilience and sovereignty.

“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society,” read the proclamation. “We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.”

We gathered a list of events happening on Indigenous Peoples' Day and the week of. Some are in person, while most are virtual. All times are local time unless noted and organized by time zones from east to west. Remember to practice COVID-19 safety measures if you attend an event in person.

If you want to add your event to the list, email ICT’s Managing Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye at managingeditor@indiancountrytoday.com.

Rising Hearts second annual Indigenous Peoples Day virtual 5k, 10k, 13.1
WHEN: Upload times and photos Oct. 9 through Oct. 17
WHERE: Anywhere
MORE INFO: The event is open to everyone, but registration includes a fee. Sponsorship is available. Proceeds are either donated or go to Rising Heart programs. Awards include a $50 gift card to first place winners of each distance. Event website.

American Indian College Fund's Indigenous Peoples Day concert
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: American Indian College Fund's virtual concert to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Performances include Nathaniel Rateliff, Martha Redbone, Portugal. The Man, Jewel, the Indigo Girls, Brooke Simpson, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sarah McLachlan, Frank Waln – and more – with special guest appearances by Robbie Robertson, Ziggy Marley, Téa Leoni, Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam, Kathryn Grody and Mandy Patinkin. Event website.

Native American USC Graduates Panel
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 7 p.m. PT
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: Six Indigenous artists will discuss how the university has worked to develop and promote Indigenous voices. Hosted by Skinsfest in partnership with USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC VIsions and Voices. Event website.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Convergence
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9 - Sunday, Oct. 10
TIME: 3 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, ET
WHERE: Cincinnati, Ohio (virtual)
MORE INFO: This year’s Convergence brings together global Indigenous leaders and changemakers to offer healing through story sharing and solidarity. Event website.

Land Back and the Third Reconstruction: Truth Commission with the Shinnecock Nation
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: On October 11 we'll come together virtually to hear testimony on the impact of these injustices, how the community is organizing in response, and how we can act in solidarity to build a world that reflects our values. The event will also feature music and remarks from Poor People’s Campaign national co-chairs, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Event website

Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Free webinar
MORE INFO: This Indigenous Peoples’ Day program highlights youth of blended Black and Native heritage who use art, activism, and policy to advance Black and Indigenous solidarity and affect positive change in their communities. Event website.

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration hosted by Alaska Pacific University
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. AKDT
WHERE: APU Website, Facebook Page, YouTube Page
MORE INFO: No registration required. This virtual event will feature traditional dancing as well as speeches from community members and cultural leaders.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with the DNC Native Caucus
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 5:30 p.m. ET / 4:30pm CT / 3:30pm MT / 2:30pm PT /1:30pm AK / 12:20pm HI
MORE INFO: Hear from Congresswoman Sharice Davids and DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. For inquiries, email Theresa Sheldon at sheldont@dnc.org.

Indigenous Peoples Day from Tucson, Arizona
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
WHERE: Virtual
MORE INFO: Panels on “Tracing the Structural Violence of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Since 1492” and the film and speaker panel for “The Song of the Butterflies” require registration but will be streamed live on the Facebook Page (Indigenous Alliance Without Borders).

IPD 2021 Schedule of Events - Tucson

Northeast

Indigenous Peoples Day Boston Rally and March
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Park Street Station in Boston
MORE INFO: Native people have asked that Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to honor Indigenous Peoples, be declared on the second Monday in October. Event website.

(Related: Boston honors Indigenous marathon runners)

Indigenous Peoples Day New York City

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10 and Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: Sunday 11 a.m., Monday, 7 a.m.
WHERE: 20 Randall's Island Park, New York City
MORE INFO: Event website.

Indigenous Peoples' Day, Philly 2021 at Shackamaxon
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia
MORE INFO: Facebook event website.

Ohio

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Art Exhibition
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 8 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 9 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) & Sunday, Oct. 10 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
WHERE: Wave Pool Gallery and the 21c Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
MORE INFO: New to the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Convergence this year will be the first Indigenous-led, all Indigenous art exhibition in partnership with Wave Pool Gallery and the 21c Museum. Featuring 15 Indigenous and Native American artists from across Turtle Island. Opening night will be Friday, October 8th from 6pm to 9pm and the exhibit will remain on display during regular gallery hours Saturday through Sunday. The art exhibition will conclude with a potlatch dinner at Washington Park in Cincinnati beginning at 6pm on Monday, October 11, 2021. Event website.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Potluck Dinner
WHERE: Hoffner Park in Northside, Cincinnati
TIME: Beginning at 6 p.m.
MORE INFO: Contact the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition at gcnacoalition@gmail.com. Event website.

Washington, DC area

Indigenous Peoples Day Concert: D.C. Edition
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 5:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia
MORE INFO: The night will include musical performances from alternative rock Indigenous artists. Tickets are available online for $10, or $15 at the door. The event ends at 10 p.m. Facebook event.

Alaskans Call on Congress to Act on Climate
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 6 p.m. ET
WHERE: Outside of Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, 1520 First St SE, Washington, DC
MORE INFO: The Alaska Center, Alaska state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Native Peoples Action, and Alaska based Indigenous activist Sophie Swope will unveil a new video projected on a 9,000 pound ice sculpture of a salmon jumping out of water

People vs. Fossil Fuels
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11 - Friday, Oct. 15
TIME: Various
WHERE: Washington D.C.
MORE INFO: Event website and days below

  • Monday, Oct. 11: Indigenous-led action on Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
  • Thursday, Oct. 14: We need real solutions, not false promises.
  • Friday, Oct. 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. Youth-led action.

Oklahoma

Muskogee Oklahoma Native American Association’s Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10 - Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 4 p.m., Sunday and 10 a.m., Monday
MORE INFO: Indigenous Film Festival Oct. 10 at the historic Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma at 220 W. Okmulgee Ave. Facebook event page. Celebration on Oct. 11 at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St, Muscogee, Oklahoma. Facebook event page.

Nebraska

2021 Nebraska Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Heritage Plaza (On Centennial Mall between L & M Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska)
MORE INFO: Celebrating Nebraska's Indigenous Peoples' Day. Events feature a tribal flag dedication ceremony in the Nebraska State Capitol, unveiling of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte sculpture. Facebook event website.

Oklahoma

First Americans Museum hosts Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (The museum opens at 10 a.m. with official programming beginning at noon. The Mayoral Proclamation will start at 2 p.m.)
WHERE: First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73129)
MORE INFO: The First Americans Museum (FAM) is hosting a day of programming in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including $5 discounted admission tickets (free for FAM members and those who dress in Native American regalia), dances, a Mayoral Proclamation and indigenous-inspired activities. Partners include Oklahoma City University.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • 12:00-5:00 p.m. – Social Dance in the Courtyard
  • 12:00-5:00 p.m. – Hands-on family activities in the Hall of The People
  • 1:00, 3:00, 6:00 p.m. – Walk-in tours of the exhibitions
  • 1:30, 3:30 p.m. – Prairie Dance Theater solo performance by Tvske Billy in Xchange Theater
  • 2:00 p.m. – Mayoral Proclamation and remarks in the Courtyard
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Indigenous-inspired live set with DJ Werewulf (Muscogee/Kiowa) in Xchange Theater
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Panel discussion led by Matriarch in FAM Theater on Native representation in popular culture. Jana Schmieding of Rutherford Falls will join the panel via Zoom.

Minnesota

South Dakota

Remembering the Children Walk
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Rapid City, South Dakota
MORE INFO: A memorial event for the children who attended and those who passed away while attending the Rapid City Indian Boarding School. MASKS REQUESTED. Event website has details. 

Denver

Creative Nations Fashion Show
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 9 p.m. local time
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado
MORE INFO: Indigenous Arts Market, a film festival, music, dance performances and a fashion show. Facebook event.

Montana 

Indigenous Peoples Day Montana Call to Action
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Missoula County Courthouse (200 W. Broadway)
MORE INFO: Urging Montana to embrace Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Bring face masks and signs. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Missoula-MT 2021

Seven IIluminated Teepees
WHEN: Oct. 8-18
WHERE: South end of Peets Hill in Bozeman, Montana
MORE INFO: Bozeman Mayor will do a land acknowledgement on Oct. 11 at 6:15 p.m. MT. 

(Related: Lighting of the teepees: Illuminating Indigenous Peoples Day)

Pictured: Seven teepees will illuminate the horizon on Peets Hill in Bozeman, Montana from October 8 to 18 in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day 2021.

New Mexico

Prados Indigenous Peoples Day launch
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 5 p.m.
WHERE: 1323 E. Lohman Ave. #6, Las Cruces, New Mexico
MORE INFO: Access to the next Prados Beauty collection. Performance by Lil Coyote. Event Instagram.

Indigenous Peoples Day 5K & 10K Run
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9 - Monday, Oct. 11
WHERE: Virtual. Potential in person event at 1 Sagebrush Street, Isleta, New Mexico.
MORE INFO: The event is in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day with a "Leaving no one behind" theme. To register and for the latest in person information, visit the event website.

NATIVE LAND Campaign Announcement hosted by Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM
MORE INFO: Live music and food truck. Bow & Arrow Brewing releases a special Blue Corn Saison “Rise to the Sun” Collab with Revelry Brewing in South Carolina. Event website.

March and Rally Indigenous People's Day
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 5 p.m.
WHERE: 1800 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque
MORE INFO: Four Zoom events are also scheduled on Oct. 9 and Oct. 100. Event website.

(More events: New Mexico 'wrapped around Indigeneity')

Arizona

Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
MORE INFO: Music, artist vendors, poetry and more. Event website.

Indigenous People Day celebration at Phoenix Rising match
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 19593 South 48th Street, Chandler, Arizona
MORE INFO: Graphic designer Jaime Jackson, Gila River Indian Community, created a special warmup jersey for the Phoenix Rising. The jersey shows aspects of Gila River’s history. The Rising play home matches on Gila River land. Event website.

Morning Bike Ride

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 7 a.m.
WHERE: Black Bird Bike Co., 116 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona
MORE INFO: An Indigenous Peoples' Day solidarity bike ride. Meet at 6:30 a.m. and ride out at 7 a.m. Hosted by Cahokia. Details.

Cahokia Grand Opening
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 7 p.m.
WHERE: 707 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona
MORE INFO: Experience Arizona’s first Indigenous womxn-owned art gallery and the nation's first Indigenous womxn-led art and social-tech space in the country. Event is free, but the VIP experience is $50 and the after party is $25. After Party performances by Mato Wayuhi and Foreshadow. Event website.

(Related: ‘Make it more Mato!' The music of ‘Reservation Dogs’)

California

Indigenous Pride LA 2021
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10
TIME: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Online via YouTube and website
MORE INFO: Indigenous Pride LA will be going online again this year! Join the event for cultural performers, singing & dancing, storytelling, panel discussion, community resources, and more. For more information, please visit indigenouspridela.org or email at indigenouspridela@gmail.com.

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Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11
TIME: 6 a.m.
COST: $11
WHERE: Ticket booth opens at 4:15 a.m. Boats will depart Pier 33 at approximately 5:00 a.m., 5:15 a.m., and 5:45 a.m. Children under 5 years of age are free.
MORE INFO: Event website

Vaccination clinic with 600 vaccines Moderna, J&J and Pfizer
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 10
TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT
WHERE: Parque de Lamont (8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA, 93241)
MORE INFO: Unidad Popular Benito Juarez, Patria, Progreso, and Libertad will host a free Guelaguetza Vaccination Clinic and community event for Indigenous communities. For more information, please contact Hector Hernandez via phone (661) 889-6783 or email at hernandez@cupbj.org.

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