MSUM hosts Moorhead Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Monday, Oct. 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | American Legion Post 21 | 303 30th Street North, Moorhead

Moorhead will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Monday, Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 21, 303 30th Street North in Moorhead. Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will host with emcee Jered Pigeon, MSUM’s director of Diversity & Inclusion.

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. What started in 1977 as a day of respect at a discrimination conference has now become a national holiday honored by President Joe Biden.

On Oct. 10, the City of Moorhead will declare an official proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day as a city holiday and recognize the values and contributions made to our community through Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, science, philosophy, arts, and culture.

“This event and official proclamation are actions in the right direction for the City of Moorhead. If we are to ensure equity and foster inclusion, we must confront our past, the good and the bad,” Pigeon said.

The event is an intentional partnership between the White Earth Veterans and Honor Guard, American Legion Post 21, City of Moorhead, Backyard Grilling Co., MSUM’s Veterans Resource Center and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


  • Welcome and land acknowledgment by MSUM Associate Provost Frank King Jr.,
  • Indigenous Peoples Day meaning and significance address
  • Veterans and Honor Guard Ceremony
  • Mayor Shelly Carlson’s official proclamation for every second Tuesday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Indigenous singers Michael Gabbard and Tim Cottonwood
  • Meal inspired by Tanya Tee RedRoad and prepared by Backyard Grilling Co.

The event is free and open to the public.