City of Red Wing

Chief Red Wing Day

Monday, May 5 2014 12:00 AM

On April 28, 2014 the Red Wing City Council considered and approved Resolution #6670, redesignating Columbus Day as Chief Red Wing Day. The movement to change Columbus Day is nothing new, in 1990 South Dakota replaced Columbus Day with Native American Day. In 2011, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution supporting the changing of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. The Red Wing Human Rights Commission first discussed the matter of redesinating Columbus Day when it was proposed by Commissioner Scott Bender during the January 19th, 2012 workshop. In December 2012, the Minnesota League of Human Rights Commissions passed a resolution to make 2013 “The Year of the Dakota in Minnesota”. In October 2013, the Red Wing Human Rights Commission drafted a resolution to redesignate Columbus Day as First People’s Day. This draft resolution was placed on the RW Human Rights website for public comment, no comments were received. The next step for the RW Human Rights Commission was to schedule a workshop with the Red Wing City Council to present their recommendation on the redesignation of Columbus Day. This joint workshop took place on February 3, 2014 with many favorable comments and the recommendation for the RW Human Rights Commission to bring forward the recommended resolution. On April 28, 2014 the City Council reviewed the recommended resolution along with a letter of support from the Prairie Island Indian Community, which contained a recommendation to redesignate Columbus Day as Chief Red Wing Day. After further discussion by the City Council, a motion was made to amend the resolution to redesignate Columbus Day as Chief Red Wing Day, which passed on a 4-0 vote, with two members voting present and one member excused. Therefore, October 13, 2014 will be known as “Chief Red Wing Day”.

Feedback