(WKOW) — Governor Tony Evers has declared next Monday will be Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin.
Evers signed an executive order this morning at Indian Community School in Franklin.
The day will be recognized the second Monday in October to coincide with Columbus Day.
The governor says the state recognizes and appreciates the state’s tribal nations.
“Recognizing them does no disservice to anyone else. It’s just long overdue,” Evers said.
Tehassi Hill, the chairman of the Oneida Nation added: “There’s a misconception in the founding of the United States that we were discovered. And clearly there were people here, that are now called Native Americans.”
Milwaukee County will change the name of a park next week from Columbus Park to Indigenous Peoples’ Park.