Indigenous People’s Day
May 15, 2024

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day! This morning, Bethel staff, members of Bethel’s Native Parent Committee, families, students, BEF staff and board members, and community members gathered to place 574 Tribal flags in the ground to honor the past, present, and future of Native peoples across the country. The flags represent the 574 federally recognized Native American Tribes in the United States.

This third annual event was created by the Bethel Native Parent Committee, which supports and advocates for Native students and families in Bethel School District. We will gather again at 5:30 p.m. for a brief ceremony to celebrate our Native communities and remove the Tribal flags.

The origins of Indigenous Peoples Day dates back to 1989 when the South Dakota legislature passed legislation changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Native American Day, celebrating the day for the first time in 1990. The state of Oregon voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in a bill passed in 2021 by the Oregon Legislature.