Vermont recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Vermont recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Photo provided.

CAVENDISH, Vt. – Starting in 2016, Vermont recognizes the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which coincides with the federal holiday of Columbus Day. “The General Assembly recognizes and values the historic, cultural and contemporary significance of the Indigenous peoples of the lands that later became known as the Americas, which includes Vermont. Vermont was founded and built upon lands first inhabited by the Abenaki people, their ancestors and allies, and honors these members of the public, both past and present.”

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Cavendish Historical Society will be hosting a talk on the first people in the Americas, as well as in Vermont, Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the CHS Museum, 1955 Main Street, Cavendish.

CHS is a participant in the South Champlain Historical Ecology Project, which has found evidence of first peoples in Vermont dating back 11,000 years, and also volunteered on the Jackson Gore Paleo-Indian dig in 2007.

This event is free and open to the public. Contributions welcome. For more information, call 802-226-7807 or email

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