After Debate Over Columbus' Role in History, Dallas City Council Recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

After Debate Over Columbus' Role in History, Dallas City Council Recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day

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    After Debate Over Columbus' Role in History, Dallas City Council Recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day
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    Frequenters of Dallas City Hall on Tuesday could hear the clatter of buffalo horn beads as Leroy Peña walked through the council chambers. Under the beads, he wore a red ribbon shirt passed down to him from generations before him. 

    A leader in the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, Peña said his tribe fought for Texas in the Battle of the Alamo, violating a peace treaty with another tribe to help settlers. 

    "You don't see that in the history books," Peña said. 

    The Dallas City Council on Tuesday approved recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day -- a nod to the American Indians who lived on Southern land long before white settlers came and forcibly relocated them to Oklahoma. Currently Texas has only three reservations.

    Click here to read more about this report from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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