Supporting Indigenous Communities
We're increasing dialogue with local tribes to foster reconciliation and support for Indigenous people and communities.
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On October 6th of 2021, the City of Boston issued an Executive Order declaring every second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day. This order affirms the City’s commitment to reconciliation and support of the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Executive Order also included a list of proposals to support the celebration of Indigenous histories and futures in the City. Proposals included the need to expand City capacity for support and engagement of indigenous communities.
The City is engaged in several initiatives to establish further trust and commitment to supporting Indigenous communities in and around Boston. Here are some of ongoing efforts:
In 2022 the City of Boston hired an Indigenous Public Art and Cultural Spaces consultant with expertise on regional Indigenous arts, cultures, and communities. The selected consultant will work with the City's public art team to inform public art commissioning. They will also inform governmental approaches to art, property, and land in Boston.
An interdepartmental working group of engaged City employees has been working together since 2020 to coordinate our internal efforts to support Indigenous communities through direct action, active dialogue, organizational support, and improved communication.
We are also actively partnering with local tribal members and organizations such as the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) to further their mission of empowering and investing in the Native American community of Boston.
Boston's celebration of Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday in October is only one step towards fully recognizing the history, present, and future of Indigenous people in Boston.
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The City Archaeology Program is working with the Massachusett Tribe on the CPA-funded Boston Harbor Islands Archaeological Climate Action Plan to document ancient Massachusett sites and historical archaeological sites on the islands at risk to erosion due to the ongoing impacts of climate change.
In 2020, Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota was an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston. As an Artist-in-Residence, Erin led a virtual panel series called "Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston's Public Space," and worked with the Office of Emergency Management to explore the notion of "cultural emergency."
The Landmarks Commission is in the process of landmarking the Massachusett Native Rhyolite Quarry site in Mattapan as the first Native historical landmark in the city. The quarry was a place where Massachusett people mined pink and banded rhyolite for stone tools for at least the past 7,000 years.
We work to evaluate new approaches to government and civic life.
Our office enhances the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City through the arts.
We promote and preserve Boston's many archaeological resources through curation, excavation, and education.
We're advancing racial justice and social, economic, and health equity in the City of Boston.