Miami-Dade County Officially Declares October 9, 2023, as Miccosukee Day and every second Monday of October thereafter as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Miami, FL – October 3, 2023 – A historic resolution was passed by the Miami-Dade County Commission on September 19, designating Monday, October 9, 2023, as Miccosukee Day and every second Monday of October going forward as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The declaration shifts the focus from Columbus Day, providing a time of solidarity to honor and reflect on the role and contributions of Indigenous nations in the history of the United States.
“This resolution inspires our children, empowers our members, strengthens our notions of identity, and fosters understanding and acceptance with our neighbors in South Florida. Better still is the commitment by the County to identify every second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This resolution empowers Indigenous people from all corners of the world to be proud of their history and heritage, to share their stories and grow our collective knowledge, and to embrace Miami-Dade County—our home,” said Talbert Cypress, Chairman of the Miccosukee Tribe.
Native Americans first proposed Indigenous Peoples’ Day at a United Nations conference in 1977. Berkeley, California, was the first city to commemorate this day in 1992. In a proclamation made by President Biden in 2021, the date was marked to federally recognize the contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples and their inherent sovereignty.
The Miccosukee Tribe has called the Miami Everglades home for over two centuries. Federally recognized as a sovereign nation in 1962 and with over 600 members, the Tribe operates three main enterprises and employs thousands of residents.
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida first ventured into the gaming industry when they opened the Miccosukee Indian Bingo Hall in 1990. Nine years later, after much success and high demand, they established a complete resort and gaming facility boasting over 1,800 slot machines, 20 live-action Poker tables, Bingo, and entertainment, 24/7. Located at the edge of the Everglades at 500 SW 177 Ave, Miccosukee Casino & Resort is a world-class hotel with modernized suites, ancillary amenities, and excellent eateries ranging from deli favorites to fine dining. For reservations and information, call 1-877-242-6464 or visit Miccosukee.com.