Councilman to introduce motion for indigenous holiday

Albuquerque one of several cities recognizing the holiday honoring Native Americans on the same day as Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A motion to censure the Albuquerque City Council president over his handling of an Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation and critical remarks of councilors who didn’t sign it has been revoked.

Councilman Dan Lewis last week filed documents signaling his intent to censure Council President Rey Garduno as the city observed its first Indigenous Peoples Day.

A proclamation read by Garduno at an Oct. 7 meeting added Albuquerque to a growing list of cities recognizing the holiday honoring Native Americans on the same day as Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

At Monday evening’s meeting, Lewis announced he no longer intended to put forward a motion to censure Garduno.

The Council’s meeting agenda also includes a proposal from Garduno for a resolution that would go further in ensuring the second Monday of October is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day each year.

 

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