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MCC celebrates Indigenous People's Day

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Mott Community College marked{ } Monday with a presentation on pre-European contact, and the transition from Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - While Monday is Columbus Day, some groups across the country prefer to celebrate Indigenous People's Day.

The day gives honor to the Native Americans, who were here long before Christopher Columbus' arrival to the continent.

Mott Community College marked the day with a presentation on pre-European contact, and the transition from Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.

Speaking at the event was Judy Pamp, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

"We need to educate everybody about our collective history. This is or collective history and more people need to learn about it and this is a one way of bringing awareness of that and getting people to discuss well what are some of the contributions? What are the different historical periods," said Pamp.

The event follows a ceremony on Saturday, held at the Peace and Dignity Tree on Mott's main campus.