The Springfield City Council has proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in honor and recognition of the fact that the City of Springfield is built upon the tribal homelands of the Kalapuya peoples. It is also in recognition of the inherent sovereignty of the nine federally recognized tribal nations in the State of Oregon and all Indigenous peoples everywhere.

As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the City has also raised flags from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon at City Hall.

“The City values the many contributions made to our community through Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts and the deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of the City of Springfield,” said Council President Joe Pishioneri in reading the proclamation on behalf of Springfield City Council.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations’ sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

The proclamation affirms that the City is committed to protecting and advocating for justice, human rights, and the dignity of all people who live and work in Springfield and vows to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples endorsed by the United States on December 16, 2010.

“Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that lead to this moment,” said City Diversity and Inclusion Committee member Kristina Kraaz. “Some came here by choice from distant homes in hope of a better life, some were brought here against their will, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. We express our respect for all displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.”