East Palo Alto’s 1st Annual Indigenous People’s Day


October 9th will commemorate East Palo Alto’s 1st Annual Indigenous People’s Day. This will be the first time an event recognizing our indigenous communities is hosted in San Mateo County, thanks to the efforts of Nuestra Casa in collaboration with various organizations. Celebrating this day not only provides a platform to raise awareness, but also commemorates a history of survival and perseverance. 

This free event will include an opening traditional ceremony as well as workshops, storytellers, dancers, drummers, and delicious food. The workshops will create a dialogue and provide information about the several cultures and practices of indigenous people. All of this, and more, is in the hopes of deepening the understanding of what it means to be indigenous and the importance of these practices. 

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The Office of Diversity and Equity’s (ODE) Native American Initiative (NAI) meets every month in the efforts to revive the Native American community in San Mateo County through awareness, health education, and outreach which honors culturally appropriate traditional Native healing practices. In their work they strive to reduce stigma, provide assistance in accessing health care, and establish ongoing training opportunities for behavioral health staff and community partners.

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To learn more about how you can become a member of the NAI, visit their website or contact Gloria Guttierez at ggutierrez@smcgov.org or (650) 573- 2076.