October 18th is Alaska Day: Tribes, Allies Propose Day be Called Reconciliation Day

10/22/2018

October 18th marks the 151st anniversary of Alaska Day. The day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observing the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867. Few residents, however, say much about the colonization by the Russians and subsequent rule by the U.S. that ushered in generations of land loss and cultural genocide for the Native Tlingit people. Native and non-Native community members concerned about indigenous rights are proposing that Alaska Day be renamed Reconciliation Day, and they have issued a resolution to the Alaska state legislature asking for the name change.

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