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Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations held in La Crosse

Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations held in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Indigenous People that have and do call the La Crosse area home are being celebrated Monday at an event.

The inaugural celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day was held at Myrick Park.

The celebration comes one year after the La Crosse officially recognized the day.

As a part of the event, food, sports and hide tanning demonstrations were held.

Ho-Chunk members say it is special to have so many people come together to celebrate.

"Almost like winning the Super Bowl or a championship of some type, it's kind of a elation and enthusiasm and reward for all of our ancestors who provided, maybe even caused their lives for us to be here," said Forrest Funmaker, Ho-Chunk Nation public relations officer.

2019 also marks the first year that the state of Wisconsin is recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day, following an executive order last week.

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