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Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Passage of Indigenous Peoples DayStatement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Passage of Indigenous Peoples Day<div class="ExternalClassF64BE7CE5664447DA23C4C0B47F89B79"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>"Today, my city council colleagues and I took another step to celebrate dignity and respect and honor our city's diversity by voting to approve the commemoration of Indigenous Peoples' Day. </p><p>In Phoenix, we as elected leaders again have lived up to our obligation and responsibility to stand for inclusivity and diversity. For that, I am thankful. </p><p>According to the community organizers of this effort, Phoenix is the largest city in the country to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day and, with 44,000 residents, we have the third largest urban Native American population in the country. Now we have officially recognized the unique contributions of Native Americans to our history and to our future.<br><br>Coming on the heels of our 2013 vote to strengthen our non-discrimination ordinance, Phoenix has once again done the right thing while reminding Arizonans and Americans that we are a city that protects and celebrates our diversity."<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div>10/6/2016 12:00:00 AMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405