Alabama tribe reflects on first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indegenous Peoples Day

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

Take a seat, Columbus. Starting this year, the second Monday in October is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day, offering recognition for the people and civilizations thriving in America before 1492.

In Alabama, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians remains the only tribe federally recognized. Nine Native American tribes are recognized at the state level.

“We are not just a relic on a shelf that kind of died out with history,” said Poarch Band of Creek Indians Director of Internal Communications Megan Zamora. “We are still here. We still have these thriving, wonderful communities and we are really proud of who we are. We are really proud of our history.”

Zamora said they make it a mission to give back to the state’s other Native American tribes, along with providing tuition assistance, scholarships and funding to help address the needs and developments in their community.

“We are also really thankful to be a part of America, and to have roots that run very, very deep into America,” Zamora said.

For more information on the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, visit their website right here.

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