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- Dancers at Columbus Park during the 2010 Indigenous Rights March.
For years, Antonio Diaz has tried to convince the City of San Antonio to honor Bexar County's Native Americans by designating October 12 as Indigenous People Day.
"Since 2008 there are many cities that have Indigenous People's Day or Native American Day. Even states. In California, there are several cities. The Dakotas and Oklahoma are more in the lead on this this. Texas has been the most oppressive area against native people," Diaz told the San Antonio Current in 2012. "Mexican people are indigenous people. Mexican as an ethnicity existed prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. It's Mexica, or Azteca. The Mexica were supposed to be over 400 tribes that were under the governance of the Aztecas."
Diaz, who is descended from the Coahuiltecan People, hasn't had success, but he hasn't given up.
This week, Diaz said he, yet again, is asking San Antonio to designate October 12 as Indigenous People's Day.
"I gave thirteen copies for each Council person, Mayor, City Clerk and City Attorney," Diaz said in an email.
If you haven't figured it out by now, October 12 is Columbus Day, which represents the beginning of a devastating era for Native Americans in North and South America. This much maligned celebration is still a federal holiday.
We'll let Diaz tell you why San Antonio should celebrate Indigenous People Day: