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MARQUETTE – Today is known as Columbus Day across the county, but some people at Northern Michigan University weren’t celebrating.
Instead, three NMU student organizations hosted activities to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It recognizes 525 years of Indigenous resistance against colonization. The student organizations are attempting to convince the NMU board of trustees to make Indigenous Peoples Day an official university holiday.
Native American Student Association Co-President Kristina Misegan said, “We would like to bring attention to this day. We would like to bring attention to the Board of Trustees that many organizations here on campus, including the Native American Student Association, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Language and Culture Club would like to have this as a recognized holiday here at NMU.”
Participants held discussions, played drum songs and held a march around campus. NMU has 117 Native American students currently enrolled in the 2017 fall semester.