On October 8, 2019, during the City Council meeting, Mayor Jeff Longwell delivered a proclamation stating that the City of Wichita would recognize Monday, October 14 as Indigenous Peoples' Day. This holiday is celebrated across the United States and commemorates the shared history and culture of Native Americans.
The Native American Community Resource Coalition will commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day with two free events on Saturday, October 12 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center (MAAIC), located at 650 N Seneca St. The Trail of Tears Memorial will begin at 1 p.m. with a prayer and walk starting at the museum and running along the banks of the Arkansas River. This walk honors those who suffered during the Trail of Tears, and ensures the memory of that piece of American history is remembered.
The Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation will be read aloud at 2 p.m., followed by afternoon activities including Community Resource and Health Stations, as well as hands-on projects and games for children. From 3 through 9 p.m., there will be a Community Social Dance and lots of family-friendly fun, with refreshments for sale from the Native American Elders Council.
The Indigenous People's Day events are hosted by the Native American Community Resource Coalition, which includes American Indian Council, Native American Elders Council, Hunter Health, Wichita Indian United Methodist Church, Indian Southern Baptist Church, Southwind Native American Church, Kaw Nation CCDF, USD 259 Native American Indian Education Program, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum and Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior Society.