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Reflections on Indigenous People's Day

Joely Proudfit, Luiseño/Payómkawichum, in an undated phone. She is department chair of American Indian Studies and director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University, San Marcos. She was recently appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on the state's Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Joely Proudfit
Joely Proudfit, Luiseño/Payómkawichum, in an undated photo. She is department chair of American Indian Studies and director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University, San Marcos. She was recently appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on the state's Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

The second Monday of October is recognized for the second time this year by President Joe Biden as Indigenous People’s Day. It replaces Columbus Day in name, as a wide body of historical analysis of the former holiday’s namesake has highlighted the tragic reality of colonization. Beginning in 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom first proclaimed the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day.

Many hope that the renamed holiday will serve as a commemoration of the perseverance that indigenous people embody in the face of past and present injustice.

Now, acknowledgments of Indigenous lands are becoming commonplace as more people are making conscious efforts to recognize the history of America's native people.

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Joely Proudfit, a CSU San Marcos professor and the first Indigenous woman appointed to California’s Commission on the status of Women and Girls, joined Midday Edition on Monday to reflect on the holiday.

  • Then, the pork industry is challenging California animal welfare law before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. We’ll hear more about what the case is about. And, October is fire prevention month, a critical time for fire danger and preparedness.

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