Brown to host annual indigenous people event Oct. 1

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., will honor Native Americans and others indigenous to the Western Hemisphere at the fifth annual Indigenous Peoples Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in Clara Muhammad Square Park, 47th Street and Lancaster Avenue.


Brown has previously introduced resolutions recognizing the first Saturday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Pennsylvania.


"Native cultures existed in Pennsylvania and most of the Western Hemisphere long before Christopher Columbus and other explorers landed here," Brown said. "We need to recognize and acknowledge their culture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beyond."


U.S. Census records from 2010 show more than 9,000 Philadelphia residents claim Native American ancestry.


The Oct. 1 celebration will feature speakers from different indigenous nations of America, indigenous performers and highlight native artists and speakers at noon.


Brown's staff will be available to assist constituents with state issues. Eligible constituents will be able to get help signing up for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or PACE or PACENET prescription-drug plans or other state programs.


For more information, contact Brown's constituent service office at 215-879-6615.