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Intersections: Indigenous Peoples’ Day & International Day of the Girl

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized on the second Monday of October each year, celebrating and honoring the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples, and earlier this month, President Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11 to be a national holiday.

This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day coincides with another important day on the Lincoln calendar: International Day of the Girl, which the United National General Assembly declared in 2011 to focus attention on the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

In celebration and recognition of the two important events coinciding, we recommend the documentary Keepers of the Game. We have screened this documentary for students in years past, and it feels particularly relevant today. We encourage families to enjoy this film together.

A summary preview of this documentary states “Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High, in Fort Covington, NY, an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women's team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people's tradition in a changing world.”

Lincoln School is located on the traditional territory of the Wampanoag and Narragansett People. For more information on these Tribes please visit the following links:

Narragansett 

Wampanoag