Petition for Tufts University to Recognize Indigenous People's Day

Last year, a group of Tufts students began working to change “Columbus Day” to Indigenous People’s Day on the official Tufts University calendar. The change is to acknowledge the history of colonialism and racism that “Columbus Day” embodies, and to center the narratives of Indigenous People’s. Unfortunately, despite passing unanimously in the TCU Senate, the measure was voted down by the faculty.

This move was a disappointing one, but does not end the process of centering Indigenous voices on this campus. A group of TCU Senators, in collaboration with a growing coalition of students, faculty, and community members, have decided to once again move forward with this important initiative. The TCU Senate passed a similar resolution this year (the text of the resolution can be found here: http://senate.tufts.edu/senate/resolutions), and will come before a faculty-wide vote once more.

We are optimistic that this change will happen this year with your support, and will do everything in our power as students at this University to center Indigenous voices and counter Tufts’ settler colonial and racist actions long into the future. Sign this petition asking the faculty to make this vital change, and share it with everyone in your life!!

With love and resistance,

Tufts in Solidarity with Indigenous Students

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