LA Marks Its First Indigenous Peoples Day

October 08, 2018 - 8:54 am

(KNX 1070) -- There will be a lot going on in downtown for Los Angeles' first Indigenous Peoples Day. 

The day-long event is planned for Monday from 7 am to 7 pm, at Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.

Both Grand Park and City Hall public spaces will be utilized for activities planned throughout the day, including: a sunrise ceremony, 5K run, parade of nations, Native American powwow, panel sessions on trending topics related to Native Americans and the community, a fashion show, and a grand finale that will include a performance by critically acclaimed Native American rock group Redbone and the Black Eyed Peas. 

"Our people finally have space to honor our ancestors and celebrate our heritage," Jamie Luis Gomez, who goes by the stage name Taboo with the Black Eyed Peas and is of Shoshone and Hopi heritage told NBC. "It's an honor to lend the group's support of this historic occasion for Los Angeles, and I want to thank Pat Vegas of Redbone for the opportunity to collaborate on the event."

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell called the replacing of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day an important step to "eliminate the false narrative that Christopher Columbus discovered America." O'Farrell is a member of the Wyandotte Nation who led the effort on the City Council to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.