Mayor Jeff Longwell will sign a proclamation at the Oct. 2 City Council Meeting proclaiming Oct. 8 at Indigenous Peoples' Day in Wichita. Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that is celebrated across the united states as an official city and state holiday and is intended to celebrate Native Americans and commemorate their shared history and culture. The Native American Community Resource Coalition presented the proclamation to the City Council.
To celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Mid-America All-Indian Center (MAAIC) and KPTS – Channel 8 are partnering to present a free event at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 6. from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities for the day include The Trail of Tears Memorial Walk at 10:00 a.m. that honors those who suffered during the Trail of Tears and keeps that piece of American history in the public's mind. The Native America Fair features fun, hands-on education stations for children throughout the museum. At noon, visitors can experience a traditional Indian meal of soup and fry bread and watch the dances of local Native American tribes, accompanied by a powwow drum performance. The Wounded Knee Survivors Run Presentation at 1:00 p.m. features the Wounded Knee Survivors Run group who will discuss the challenges of living on a reservation versus urban life.
The partnership between MAAIC and KPTS is a result of the upcoming "Native America" a documentary airing on KPTS that explores the histories of the indigenous peoples in North and South America. The Mid-America All-Indian Center invites the public to a special screening of "Native America," on Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. Viewers will learn about the Native tribes' religions, science, and cultures that shaped our world. The screening will feature the first episode of the four-part documentary and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. "Native America" premieres on KPTS on Oct. 23 at 8:00 p.m. and runs through Nov. 13.
"The Mid-America All-Indian Center serves as a cultural center and a museum dedicated to educating people about and preserving the heritage of the American Indian," said April Scott, Executive Director for the museum. "Celebrating Native America Celebration Day and partnering with KPTS to screen the 'Native America' documentary is a great way to honor and educate the public about the history and contributions of all indigenous peoples in our country."