The Boston Athletics Association (BAA) apologized on Friday for scheduling its annual Boston Marathon on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The BAA put out a statement last week apologizing to Native Americans who felt “unheard” or “erased” by the race being scheduled on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11. The BAA pledged to take a number of steps after the apparent oversight such as meeting with tribal representatives and adopting a number of pro-Native American activities into its schedule. According to the BAA:
Prior to the start of the Boston Marathon, a land acknowledgement will take place to recognize that the race travels through Indigenous homelands. The B.A.A. is better understanding the trauma experienced over centuries by the Indigenous People who lived on these lands, and we will work with the Federal and State Recognized Tribes on this land acknowledgment.
The B.A.A. will donate to the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Newton Committee working through its fiscal agent, Newton Community Pride, and intended to support the work