Indigenous People's Day is everyday - πŸ‚ πŸ‚ πŸ‚ Leaf Peeper Season | Virtual Museum Courses

By TLH (lala)

This is a good time to tell you that I am among the many people who celebrate Indigenous People across the planet every day, not just one day per year. Yesterday I gave a book talk in Shelburne Falls at the 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Day and it was a gorgeous sunny day with so many beautiful souls who listened with open hearts and showed me such great kindness. I made new friends and relatives and am so grateful to Piper and Reba Jean for the invite to talk about my work...  Thank you - CHI MEGWETCH to everyone who attended, including πŸ‚ lucky LEAF PEEPERS πŸ‚ ... who saw a multi-color-autumn season happening right now in western Massachusetts. 

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Many years ago I lived in Oregon and traveled to every single (Indian) reservation - including Warm Springs who had just opened this incredible gorgeous museum in 1993.  I have good friends in Sisters, Oregon who still visit this museum and gift shop.


'We have survived.'

Elizabeth A. Woody: Indigenous Peoples' Day 2022 Statement 

On the day that many of us grew up knowing as “Columbus Day,” I am reflecting on how things have changed for Native peoples in the United States. The Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere have come a long way from the dark times that began in the 15th century with Columbus’ arrival in what he called the “New World.” Once numbering more than 110 million, approximately 95% of Native peoples were exterminated due to warfare, clashes over land and resources, and imported diseases. Just 250,000 of us were alive at the beginning of the 20th century. To be able to be here and writing this to you in 2022 is a miracle. We have survived.

In recent decades, Native peoples have covered a lot of ground in gaining recognition and respect for our histories, languages, arts, cultures and traditions. Although there’s still a long way to go to gaining the full respect and acknowledgment for our continued existence and many contributions to the world, I feel that significant and positive progress has been made. One of these is the designation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in many states, including Oregon. In 2021, Oregon was the 13th state to formally recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

On March 14, 1993, the Museum of Warm Springs opened its doors as a living repository and center to perpetuate the culture and heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.


According to the 2022 U.S. Census, there are 6.79 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives residing in the U.S. Oregon ranks #9 out of 10 states with the highest Native population. More than 130,000 Native Americans reside here. There are nine federally recognized tribal nations headquartered in Oregon, which include The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The eight others are: Burns Paiute Tribe; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians; Coquille Indian Tribe; and Klamath Tribes. The Shoshoni Bannock Tribe and The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho hold land in Oregon. Yakama Nation of Washington hold Treaty Rights to “Usual and Accustomed Places” in Oregon. Additionally, Northern California Indian Nations have a reciprocal education arrangement with the State of Oregon’s higher education system for in state tuition. Present political borders are only recent in our relationships.

It’s important to note that contrary to a prevailing stereotype, not all Native peoples in the U.S. are the same, and that includes Native peoples in Oregon. We have unique histories, cultures and languages. Through The Museum’s mission of “preserving, advancing and sharing the traditions, cultural and artistic heritage of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon and other Indigenous peoples,” we are committed to displaying this beauty and diversity of all our relatives.

Today and, indeed, every day, we honor our histories, cultures, languages, artistic creativity and so much more of our ancestors, elders and others — including the generations yet to be born — who make up our nations and communities. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day! We are still here! 

Elizabeth A. Woody
 (Warm Springs, Yakama and DinΓ©) is the executive director of The Museum at Warm Springs in Warm Springs, OR. The museum opened its doors to the public on March 14, 1993. Built to Smithsonian Institution professional standards, The Museum’s mission is to preserve, advance and share the traditions, cultural and artistic heritage of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, OR. For more information, visit


October 7th, I attended a Symposium  via ZOOM meeting at Harvard Divinity School on Vine Deloria's masterpiece book GOD IS RED. I know many of you have read it. The speakers were OMG good.

There are MANY more classes I want to attend like this and we can do it virtually!  Let me know in the comments if you are taking a class, when and where.

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Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the Museum

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA/USA

October 8-10, 2022

(onsite & virtual)

Interested in learning more about the contributions of the Oneida Nation in the Revolutionary War? The Museum's 25-minute film People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation, The War of Independence and the Making of America, directed by Emmy Award winner Ric Burns and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner, explores the crucial but little known history. The film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the Museum's Lenfest Myer Theater and is available for purchase from the Museum Shop in-store and online.  


October 13, 2022

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT (UTC -4)

Melrose Public Library, Melrose, MA/USA

The Forgotten Nations — Native Tribes of New England

Colonization happened early on in the New England area, as early as 1609, so many Native Nations and tribal histories were lost.  Learn about the Indigenous Nations that call this land home, where they are now and the thriving communities keeping their histories alive. 

Led by Heather Bruegl, an Independent Indigenous Consultant and Historian. Bruegel is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a first line descendent Stockbridge Munsee. She is the former Director of Education at Forge Project and travels frequently to present on Native American history, including policy and activism. 

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