Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday, October 10, 2022

Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the past, present, and future of Native Peoples throughout the United States. The holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities and also celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October. More and more cities and states are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a counter-holiday to Columbus Day. Wisconsin first did so in 2019.   

The land where Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is located is the ancestral home of Ho-Chunk Nation, who have called this land Teejob (day-JOPE). 

Hunger impacts every community in the United States, yet Native Americans are more likely to face hunger. Before the pandemic, 1 in 4 Native Americans struggled with hunger — more than twice the rate of white individuals. 

Feeding Wisconsin, the state-wide association of Feeding America food banks, is working with Tribal partners to support programs that increase nutrition security to ensure that all Tribal members have the food that they need and desire, and Tribal food sovereignty by expanding support and capacity of Tribal producers. The Ho-Chunk Nation has partnered with Second Harvest to administer the monthly Tribal Elder Food Box Program, which runs May – December. The average box is 14-16 pounds and contains a combination of protein, produce, and shelf-stable items like white corn, maple syrup, and wild rice. Each box is accompanied by a newsletter containing weekly producer profile spotlights and recipes contributed by Indigenous chefs and home cooks. 

Ho-Chunk Nation has distributed 1,750 boxes to Tribal Elders within 9 communities.  

The September box included the following items from local and Tribal producers: 

Red Cliff Fish -Smoked Whitefish 

Superior Fresh -Frozen Salmon  

WI Pork Association -Ground Pork 

Bodwewadmi Ktegan -Aquaponic Lettuce 

Cattail Organics -Carrots  

We Grow LLC. – Mixed Herbs 

Sterling Farms -Paroli Potatoes 

Bushel and a Peck Apple-Apples  

Seasonal Harvest -Garlic Bulbs 

Red Door Family Farm -Onions 

Naturally Wild-Wild Rice 

On Monday, October 10, Second Harvest will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We encourage staff to use this day to observe, reflect, and learn more about Indigenous People.  

For ideas on how you can observe and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, click here 

Social media accounts to follow: 

Some local celebrations you may be interested in are:  

Additional Resources: 

Sites to learn what indigenous land you live on: 

Websites Connecting to our work in food/nutrition security: