FLAGSTAFF, Ariz – Flagstaff’s City Council adopted Resolution 2018-45 at their meeting on Oct. 2, 2018 declaring the second Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the city of Flagstaff.
“The Flagstaff City Council reaffirmed its support for and commitment to our Indigenous residents and neighbors with this resolution,” said Mayor Coral Evans. “We recognize there is a lot of work ahead of us but remain committed to making progress towards the recommendations identified by the Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff.”
The Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff hosted a series of public meetings during 2016 and 2017 that identified a number of recommendations for the city to improve relations with its Indigenous community. Resolution 2018-45, which declared Indigenous Peoples’ day formally recognizes those recommendations. The city is funding a part-time position to assist with the creation of a strategic plan based on those recommendations over the coming year.
“This resolution is a step toward building a more respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples living in Flagstaff and across northern Arizona and an accountability tool for us to build a stronger community, where justice and equality are a paramount. I look forward to the work ahead,” said Councilmember Eva Putzova.
Mayor Evans will present a proclamation to representatives of the Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Council Chambers on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.