NEWS: Legislation Introduced to Establish Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska

Rep. Harriet Drummond

Rep. Harriet Drummond Sponsors House Bill 275 with Bipartisan Support

January 25, 2016

Juneau — Today, Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to establish the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska.

“Indigenous people are an integral part of the spiritual, cultural, linguistic, and historical fabric of the State of Alaska,” said Rep. Drummond.  “We as a state should formally recognize the unique contributions of indigenous people as a whole, and individual Alaska Natives for their role in making the state what it is today.”

House Bill 275 is a follow up to Governor Walker’s 2015 proclamation that set a one year observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.  Many cities and states have adopted similar legislation to HB 275.

“This bill will create a yearly tradition that all Alaskans can be proud to celebrate together,” said Rep. Drummond.

HB 275 has been referred to the House State Affairs Committees.

For more information, contact Miguel Rohrbacher in Rep. Drummond’s office at 907-465-3875.



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