Indigenous Peoples Day celebration set for Saturday

Published 11:47 am Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Interior Journal
Staff report

The second annual Indigenous Peoples Day in Stanford will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 6, on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Three-time Grammy winner Bill Miller, of Mohegan heritage, is one of several Native American performers who will be performing at the event. He will be featured in a 75-minute concert. Also scheduled to perform are award-winning Navajo flute player, Fred Keams, vocalist Susan Mullins of Mohawk heritage, and Matthew Black Eagle Man of Lakota Sioux heritage.

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The event gets underway at 1 p.m. and is free to the public. In case of rain, the festivities will move inside the courthouse.

A reception will follow.

Over 30,000 Native Americans live in Kentucky representing over 200 tribes. This event recognizes the Native community and its history and promotes tourism.

This local Indigenous Peoples Day event is both a Stanford and Lincoln County celebration. Last fall, Stanford passed the first Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation in Kentucky and, in June, the Lincoln County Fiscal Court approved adding the Indigenous Peoples Day to its calendar.

So far, there have been 23 proclamations passed in cities across the Commonwealth; more than any other state in any given year since the movement began in 1992. In September, the Kentucky League of Cities voted to adopt an Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation unanimously.

For more information about the event, email or call Angela Arnett Garner at 606-303-1169.