The City of Rochester is getting ready to celebrate its inaugural Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 8. The holiday will coincide with Columbus Day, which has long been controversial.
Our guests discuss the change, and what it means to grow up Native American . We also hear from the Italian-American community, which has varying opinions on the issue -- but has shown a devotion to keeping Columbus Day. Our guests:
- Peter Jemison, historic site manager for Ganondagan
- Kathy Castania, member of the SURJ ROC education committee, and lead facilitator of the Opening Doors Diversity Project
- Ron Garrow, Akwasasne Mohawk, Bear Clan, and advisor for SURJ ROC
- Ronnie Pollack, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, executive director of the Native American Cultural Center, and host of "Two Canoes with Ronnie Pollack" on WYSL 92.1 FM