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San Diego County tribes observe Indigenous Peoples Day

The Kumeyaay Nation flag was raised at National City's City Hall on Oct. 11, 2021.
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The Kumeyaay Nation flag was raised at National City's City Hall on Oct. 11, 2021.

On Friday, President Biden became the first U.S. President to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, which is being observed across the country Monday. San Diego County, home to more federally recognized tribes than any other county in the nation, is observing the holiday in ceremonies across the region.

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The chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Bo Mazzetti, joined Midday Edition to talk about Indigenous Peoples Day and what the President's proclamation means to local tribes.

San Diego County tribes observe Indigenous Peoples Day
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"This is a major step forward to recognizing the Indian people throughout the nation," Mazzetti said.

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"Recognition of our existence is what has been lacking throughout history," Mazzetti said. "So as things change, we're not saying to do away with history, but let's get history correct and include the Indian people in our history."