Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Blog post written by: Eden Marchese, Class of 2023. Eden is a Library student worker and English & Philosophy double major with minors in German, Peace & Justice Studies, and Black Studies.

To coincide with the display in the Library, we wanted to have this space as a way for our community to find more resources to continue educating themselves about the Indigenous experience in the U.S. These articles cover a vast range of topics from the history of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to what the #LandBack movement is.

Even with all of the literature displayed in the Library and the links below, there is always more to learn about when it comes to the Indigenous experience within the United States and around the world. There are also courses at Fairfield University that challenge the Euro-centric view of the world and show the Indigenous perspective in history. These courses can be found through Fairfield’s American Studies program, Philosophy program, History program, Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, as well as many others!

Rethinking How We Celebrate American History—Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Smithsonian Magazine offers a look into the history of how Columbus Day came to be a national celebration and how the shift to celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day came to be as well as how it has grown to become more popular around the United States.

A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day,2021

President Biden’s official proclamation about officially naming Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a national holiday and about the role that the federal government has taken in the past against Native Americans.

History of Fairfield CT

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce details a brief history of how Fairfield came to be founded on Native land and describes the Native peoples that lived on this land prior to it becoming known as “Fairfield.” They also have a link to the Fairfield Museum & History Center where one can learn more about the history of Fairfield and about the Native people who occupied this land before being forcibly removed.

Articles from Library Databases:

The following articles can be accessed through the Library website. These articles cover issues of conservation, climate change, as well as the ways in which Native Americans are involved in movements to try and raise awareness of these issues on a local and federal level.

Indigenous peoples, national parks, and protected areas : a new paradigm linking conservation, culture, and rights

That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America

Sanitizing history: National identification, negative stereotypes, and support for eliminating Columbus Day and adopting Indigenous Peoples Day

Can the Indigenous #Landback movement secure self-determination?

Ignoring Indigenous peoples—climate change, oil development, and Indigenous rights clash in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge