On Tuesday, May 10, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is joining organizations throughout the Chicago region as a host for The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table event. A brown-bag lunch discussion on “Recognizing the Invisible: Bringing greater awareness to Native Peoples,” will take place from noon-1pm in the museum’s library. The conversation will address how we can bring greater focus and recognition to issues surrounding Native peoples at the museum and beyond, including celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day this October 10.
Celebrated on the second Monday of October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day acknowledges the many tribes who lived across the country long before Christopher Columbus came to America, and recognizes the contributions of Indigenous people throughout the world from astronaut John Bennett Herrington, Chickasaw, to the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations for its influence on developing the U.S. Constitution. Progressive cities, universities and cultural institutions around the world are joining the movement to adopt Indigenous Peoples Day.
“The leadership at the Mitchell Museum suggested we use the term Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I believe it is the right thing to do and thank them for their work on this issue,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.
At the museum’s On the Table event, community members can add their voices to the discussion by sharing thoughts and ideas. The discussion is free to join. Please RSVP by May 6 to the museum at 847-475-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.