By Morgan Taylor, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – An Indigenous People’s Day Celebration will be held in
downtown Okmulgee on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House lawn from 12 pm to 4 pm on Monday, Oct. 12. The celebration will highlight the Native American heritage in replacement of Columbus Day.
The event organizer Brenda Golden is apart of the Facebook group Indian Territory Reservation which is hosting the day’s activities.
“I went before the Okmulgee City Council on Tuesday (Sept. 15), and asked for a proclamation declaring Oct.12 as Indigenous People’s Day and have got that granted,” Golden said. “Now hoping the Creek Nation National Council will do the same and we hope to have celebration downtown on Oct 12.”
The last Indigenous People’s Day celebration was held in 2018 according to Golden, but not in 2019. Golden decided this year she would pick the event and hold it once more. There are plans for special guest and vendors at the celebration event.
“I have already gotten Mr. Michael Coon who is going to be recognizing Muscogee Veterans and give a tribute to his father Philip Coon,” Golden said. “He also has an ongoing project for a traveling Veteran’s Memorial so that’s a big part of what we want to do is recognize our veterans.”
Mayor of Okmulgee Richard Larabee has made a commitment to read the proclamation at the event. Golden hopes to see participation from the Nation as well.
“I’ve got the founder of Green Medicine coming to share and possibly the Muscogee Women’s Leadership as they have been invited to come participate and of course were asking for vendors to come too,” said Golden.
Though the event takes place in the Muscogee (Creek) Reservation it is a celebration of all tribal nations. Guests and vendors are not limited to any certain tribe.
“Indigenous People’s Day is not something that is alien or new, we just want people to get together and celebrate,” Golden said.
Those who are looking to participate in the event in any capacity can easily do by contacting Brenda Golden at (918) 758-6773.
“Anyone who is wanting to speak or present something should coordinate with me or definitely someone on the committee,” Golden said. “We don’t want to exclude anyone, but we also would hate for someone to get left out.”
Vendors should also contact Golden or the committee Facebook page to secure a spot.