The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque hosted an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration Monday. The holiday became official in 2019 in New Mexico — a state that is home to 23 tribes, nations and pueblos.
The celebration featured Native speakers, dancers and artists.
“Being Indigenous is about being proud of who you are,” said state Rep. Derrick Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo. “We have a place, and this is the place that our ancestors have called home forever.”
President Joe Biden recently issued a proclamation commemorating the holiday, becoming the first president to do so.
“The contributions that Indigenous peoples have made throughout history — in public service, entrepreneurship, scholarship, the arts, and countless other fields — are integral to our Nation, our culture, and our society,” the proclamation says.
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