Photos capture moments from Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Boston

Members of Boston’s indigenous community gathered in Beacon Hill this weekend to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
A crowd of people holding large banners and signs walk downhill, away from the Massachusetts State House in Beacon Hill. The people are marching for Indigenous Peoples Day. It is October; they are dressed warmly and the skies are gray.
Boston, MA — Oct. 7, 2023: Attendees walk away from the State House during the city’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day March on Saturday. Bearing signs of support for indigenous causes, the crowd made their way to Faneuil Hall, where the march ended.
Photo: Marta Hill

Dozens gathered in Beacon Hill on Saturday for a march in support of a Massachusetts state bill to replace Columbus Day, the second Monday of October, with an officially recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

The march, which was organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), began in Boston Common, passing the State House on its way to Faneuil Hall. Speeches from local indigenous community leaders – including Mahtowin Munro, a co-leader of the UAINE, and Jean-Luc Pierite, board president of the North American Indian Center of Boston – were delivered at the event. 

Although the purpose of the march was to advance the campaign to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, speakers remarked the importance of honoring indigenous resilience in North America, too. 

“The celebration part is really important,” Munro said, addressing the crowd during the event’s opening remarks. “We are still here. We have survived.” 

The Scope’s Marta Hill attended the march, documenting the gathering in the photos below. 

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