Indigenous Peoples Day at Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College has committed to developing campus-wide anti-racist educational programming throughout the year. We continue to offer teach-in opportunities in partnership with internal campus partners and external content experts. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a commemorative day that seeks to honor the histories, contributions, legacies and experiences of the Indigenous Peoples of North America often referred to as Native American. It is commemorated throughout the United States on the second Monday in October.

At Mount Holyoke, we honor the legacies of Indigenous tribes in Western Massachusetts who were the original caretakers of the area that we now occupy. Our teach-in this year seeks to provide educational opportunities that will lead people to action in support of ending the erasure of Indigenous contributions and providing redress to communities who were impacted by settler colonialism. Throughout the day, we will offer a series of sessions that are pre-recorded and live virtual learning experiences. This syllabus also provides a list of recommended resources include key materials shared in collaboration with educator Claudia Fox Tree who has served as a consultant and speaker at Mount Holyoke.

Co-sponsored by Archives and Special Collections, the Office of Diversity, Equity and inclusion, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Office of the Dean of Faculty and the Division of Student Life.

Content warning: Some of the videos and discussions that will take place will include traumatic experiences related to the systemic oppression and violence that has persisted towards Indigenous peoples in North America.

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