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Honor the Courage of the Children: Remembering Survivors of Indian Boarding Schools–Int’l Orange Shirt Day

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Date(s) - 09/30/2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sonora Courthouse Park


September 30th is International ORANGE SHIRT DAY to remember nearly 200,000 Indigenous Children of North America, who were forced into Indian Boarding Schools from the mid-1600’s until the 1970’s.  
The Central Sierra’s first Orange Shirt Day ceremony will take place on that date from 6pm to 8pm in Sonora’s Courthouse Park. HONOR THE COURAGE OF THE CHILDREN: Remembering Survivors of Indian Boarding Schools will include Drumming, Readings, Poetry, and Stories that address these difficult times. We will honor the Native Elders in attendance and offer a Land Acknowledgement Address to recognize the stewardship of the MeWuk Tribes, who have cared for this land for over 10,000 years. The broad community is invited to join this respectful ceremony. We also welcome survivors and descendants of other North American tribal nations. We ask that everyone wear an ORANGE SHIRT, if possible. Please bring a camp chair for sitting and a flashlight for safety (Sunset @ 6:45pm). This event is dedicated to our regional Tribal Organizations with support from Chicken Ranch Rancheria.