Mayor Tom Barrett Signs Legislation Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 22, 2019
MILWAUKEE – Mayor Tom Barrett will signed into effect legislation declaring the second Monday of October each year as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the City of Milwaukee.
Several communities throughout the U.S. have recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including the City of Madison in 2005 and again in 2016, Milwaukee County and Dane County in 2017 and the State of Wisconsin in 2019.
The legislation notes how Native Americans have existed in Wisconsin’s communities, culture, and economy. The state is home to 11 Indigenous tribes and 86,000 Native Americans, and each tribe positively contributes to local and state economies, including the Chippewa, Menominee and Potawatomi in Milwaukee.