A tradition Wabanaki birch bark canoe on display at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Photo by Ramona du Houx
Governor Janet Mills signed LD 179, An Act to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, into law on April 26, 2019. Alabama, Alaska, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin – in addition to more than 130 cities and towns – have also adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day or Native American Day.
Celebrations took place throughout Maine, and the nation. From the first sun in Maine to CA.
“Maine is home to people from many lands, like those with Italian, French and other ancestries, whose contributions we recognize and cherish. Today, our state takes another step forward in building a brighter, more inclusive future by honoring Maine’s tribal communities. On Maine’s first indigenous Peoples’ Day, let us pay tribute to those who were the first stewards of this land we call Maine, celebrate their many contributions to our great state and recommit ourselves to fostering a relationship anchored in mutual trust and respect,” said Governor Mills.
Penobscot Native Tim Shay's sulpture on display at Colby College. Photo by Ramona du Houx
Traditional carving of Maine Indians on display at the Colby College exhibition. Photo by Ramona du Houx