Who We Are
We are Bedford community members who are advocating for the passage of warrant article #34 at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 15, 2021 that would designate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. We believe that a holiday that celebrates the resilience of Indigenous peoples is far more truthful and reflective of our values as a community than one that honors a man whose legacy is characterized by white supremacy, colonial imperialism, and genocide.
We acknowledge that Bedford is located on the traditional, unceded lands of the Massachusett Tribe. We pay our respects to them and to their Penacook and Nipmuc neighbors who have stewarded this land since time immemorial and are still here today. We also recognize that people of Indigenous descent from across the Americas live, work, and attend school in Bedford. We honor their many contributions to our community.
By declaring the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day, citizens of Bedford will celebrate the diverse histories, cultures, and land stewardship of Indigenous peoples. We will honor their tremendous resilience and their special status as the First People of this land. We will correct false histories, begin to make amends for past atrocities, and support Indigenous struggles for justice.
Indigenous Peoples Day Massachusetts
An Indigenous-led group working to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Boston and across Massachusetts.
Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag
Descendants of this area’s First People whose ancestral lands comprise most of eastern Massachusetts, including present day Bedford.
Claudia Fox Tree, Arawak educator, Indigenous rights activist, and former longtime resident of Bedford
Massachusetts-based group supporting Indigenous-led efforts to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous peoples day across the state.