In "A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2021," President Joe Biden asserted, "Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures — safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations. On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations. ... The Federal Government has a solemn obligation to lift up and invest in the future of Indigenous people and empower Tribal Nations to govern their own communities and make their own decisions."
This month, BCCLS libraries can help honor this obligation by making visible and giving voice and place to the knowledge, contributions, history, culture, wisdom, and humanity of all those who, literally, came before us, and with whom we share our communities.
Gladys Cepeda NBER - Title research & compilation / Erin Douglas USDR - Title research & compilation / Karlijn Jones MAHW - Editorial, author research
for BCCLS Diverse & Underserved Populations Committee