On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, during the City Council meeting, Mayor Brandon Whipple delivered a proclamation stating that the City of Wichita would recognize Monday, October 11 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 on Saturday, October 9 at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum (MAAIM), 650 N Seneca St. The Trail of Tears Memorial will begin at 1 p.m. with a prayer and walk around the drum on the back grounds of the museum. 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.
The Indigenous Peoples' Day events are hosted by the Native American Community Resource Coalition, which includes the American Indian Council, Native American Elders Council, Greater Wichita Cherokee Community, Hunter Health, Independent Living Resource Center, 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 Museum and Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior Society.