All Nations Children Dancers help Juneau residents celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

All Nations Children Dancers help Juneau residents celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is free Monday

Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day, and multiple Alaska Native groups in Juneau are combining to put on a celebration.

From 5-8 p.m. Monday, people are asked to join at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall to listen to speakers, watch Yees Ku Oo dance group perform and enjoy Indian tacos from Smokehouse Catering. The event is free.

Tribal citizens Lyle James and Stephanie Masterman will deliver the keynote addresses. The event is co-sponsored by Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Sealaska Corporation and Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

If people are unable to attend, they can watch live at https://livestream.com/accounts/507620/events/8400454.

Last year was the first official Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. Gov. Bill Walker proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in 2015 and 2016, and the Alaska Legislature approved a bill in 2017 that made it official.

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