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Berkeley celebrates indigenous people

Nancy Gorrell/special to the Daily Planet
Saturday October 14, 2000

An Aztec dancer celebrates Indigenous People’s Day last year at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, at Martin Luther King Jr. and Allston ways. Today is Berkeley’s Ninth Annual celebration of native peoples in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a holiday which replaced Columbus Day in the city in 1991. Organizers invite the entire community to the event. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, they say. “Do not sit in the inner circle or the areas reserved for dancers. No alcohol is allowed. Please join in when you are invited...Ask permission before taking pictures.” This year the celebration honors Leonard Peltier, indigenous rights activist, incarcerated for 24 years.