This weekend

 Living in Massachusetts, there are many awesome, fun, family-friendly Indigenous events for this weekend. I'm hoping they all go off sans covid, omicron, flu germs. I'm assuming (yes, I know the inside yolk: ass-u-me) that everyone has their vaccines updated. 

Oct. 8th in Newburyport there will be an Indigenous People's Day (IPD) Celebration. Look here- https://bit.ly/3BWRD00

Same day, in Boston at noon, there will be an IPD parade, meet at Park St. Station. Look at UAINE on FB for more info.  

A Cherokee/African American older of mine is speaking at The Jones Library on Oct. 8th too!  

Oct. 9th in Pittsfield, there will be an IPD Celebration. Look here- https://bit.ly/3UUKshA.

Oct. 10th in Newton, there will be an IPD Celebration. Look here- https://bit.ly/3UXMDRK

I know The Clark Art Institute sent info out about an IPD event. Curry College is doing something on Oct.10th. I've seen others. If you find more, let me know. 

Twenty-five towns and cities in Mass. have already voted to celebrate Indigenous People's Day. They are: 

Amherst, Aquinnah, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Easthampton, Falmouth, Grafton, Great Barrington, Harvard, Holyoke, Marblehead, Mashpee, Maynard, Melrose, Newton, Northampton, Provincetown, Salem, Somerville, Stow, and Wellesley! Thank you all soo much! 

Only seven states of 50 (14%) across the Nation actively celebrate/honor Indigenous People's Day. They are: Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina,  South Dakota, and Vermont. 

I'm hoping the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will pass Bill H.3191. I wrote all eleven Representatives plus my own Representative. I sent formal letters to them and believe if they went to one of the many events, they'll see how Indigenous people are thriving and are more than the stereotypes. 

I know when I raised my sugusik, Reggi, they had a heck of a time being Indigenous in public schools. They didn't tell me all the racist acts they encountered because I made too much of a stink to their teachers. I volunteered in the classroom to watch the punks be nasty to this brilliant, beautiful, not White child. I was one of THOSE mothers. (I earned the privilege and will continue to my last breath.) 

Why this day of honoring Indigenous matters is because I hid myself, my art because there were too many eggheads that glorified a rapist, kidnapper, murderer. And they still do. I encounter them every day, especially with my tunniit amma kakiniit. 

I won't hide my art, myself, and my joy for the likes of eggheads anymore. I did it long enough and it was unnecessary. 

    
                                          https://www.stockfreeimages.com/4744712/Face-of-egg.html

 Please pass this on, email me if you have questions or comments or ideas. 

Stay healthy, drink more immik amma be kind. 

Atsunai~


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