Defying the odds, student campaign persuades schoolboard to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day
By Kate Snyder
Thanks to three determined students at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire, WI, the Eau Claire Area School Board unanimously passed a resolution on October 9 to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, taking effect next school year.
“I was really looking forward to this year of school,” said Miinan White, an eighth grader at Northstar Middle and a member of both the Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk tribes. “We had been celebrating Columbus Day throughout all my years of school and I knew Ms. CS (Carlson Sather) would help me understand how to change things. Native Americans have survived over 100 years of murder and discrimination—my great grandmother was put in a boarding school. I knew of other places that celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day and it would be really cool if we could celebrate in our school.”