Students from Sitka's three high schools packed the Mt. Edgecumbe gym to hear US Rep. Mary Peltola deliver an Indigenous Peoples' Day address that stressed unity: "We have a diverse group of people that make up Alaskans, but we have a common future. We all have a lot at stake, and we have a lot to gain.”
Two years ago, Sitka replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Now, some locals are digging deeper into the meaning of decolonization and reconsidering the town’s Alaska Day celebration.