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Indian Tribe Gives City Flag In Exchange For ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ Declaration

November 25, 2021

The outgoing mayor of Newburyport hosted a ceremony accepting a flag from a local American Indian tribe bestowed on the city in recognition of city officials’ recent adoption of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in place of Columbus Day.

A flag raising at Newburyport City Hall took place Tuesday, November 23, two days before Thanksgiving, according to The Daily News of Newburyport.

Mayor Donna Holaday, who did not run for re-election this year, hosted the event.

One of the speakers at the ceremony described the city of Newburyport as stolen land, and said that “we recognize this is inefficient to rectify the ongoing violations of territorial rights and sacred sites of these and other Indigenous homelands …,” according to the Newburyport Daily News.

The city council in Newburyport voted 7-4 in September to adopt a resolution proclaiming the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead of Columbus Day, which is a state and federal holiday.

The mostly green flag represents the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People.

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