SUNY students call for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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The SUNY Student Assembly voted two years ago to recognize the second Monday each October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. For the second consecutive year, we are proud to stand by that decision and look forward to celebrating the contributions that Indigenous communities have made to New York and the United States.

“I’m extremely humbled to lead the Student Assembly in yet another celebration of the contributions made by indigenous peoples to the State University and the entirety of New York and the United States,” said Marc J. Cohen, President of the Student Assembly and Trustee of the State University of New York.

The State University of New York has shown time and again to be truly dedicated to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Student Assembly seeks a continued commitment to those values through the celebration and education of our students and communities about the rich history and culture of the various indigenous groups whose ancestral homelands SUNY’s many campuses are now located within.

Tomorrow, SUNY Fredonia and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will join colleges and universities across the nation and host various events to recognize the complex and rich history of the relationships between the United States, New York, and the various indigenous groups that have been on this land for centuries.

“It’s absolutely essential that we recognize the contributions that indigenous people have made to our society, both in recent and distant memory,” said Carlos Cobo, the Assembly’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “I’m proud that our Executive Committee chose once again to support observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day and that some of our campuses have chosen to celebrate as a result of the Student Assembly’s efforts.”

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