OLYMPIA, Wash.-October 9 is Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to honor the perseverance of Indigenous Peoples and to honor their contributions to society.
President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2023 on October 6 and regional politicians are releasing statements on the Holiday today.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following statement on social media:
On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we honor the original stewards of this land and their ongoing resilience. We also recognize the injustices they have faced and continue to face, and we renew our commitment to equality and justice.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on X (formerly twitter):
This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we recognize the enormous contributions of Indigenous people & recommit to honoring our treaty obligations & delivering serious federal investments for Tribal Nations—whether that’s high-speed internet, habitat restoration, health care & so much more.
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) also released a statement on X, reading:
Indigenous people have faced and risen above enormous challenges. Today on Indigenous Peoples’ Day we honor Native Americans as the first inhabitants of our country, celebrate Native culture, and commemorate the history of Native peoples.