Today, people all across the nation will gather in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. It is a day Indigenous voices will rise to celebrate our persistence. In honor of that legacy of resilience, Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist and producer Frank Waln gifts us with his latest song, “7.”

What the federal government deems a national holiday and calls “Columbus Day” is an extreme mislabeling that celebrates the colonialism of a country that still allows privileged America to forget the truth of their inheritance: they are living on stolen land. In our current political climate, America’s First Peoples remain unmentioned in mainstream media and presidential debates, perpetuating America’s historical amnesia and preserving Indigenous erasure with this sham of a holiday. Many in this country have the luxury of forgetting that they are living in a country built on the attempted genocide of Indigenous people, so we rename the day to make them remember.

It is past time to remember. As Indigenous people we never forget. On Indigenous People’s Day we honor where we came from and embrace the future we are rising to create every day, as evidenced in the coming together of so many tribes (some of whom were even historical enemies) to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is what an Indigenous rising looks like. So what does a nation rising sound like?

Frank Waln has crafted that sound with “7.” Through its lyricism, re-discover the truths that were absent from the pages of your history books. The chorus offers the anthem we’ve been looking for: “This is the sound of a nation rising, a generation with a vision.” As Waln writes in an interview with The Fader, “We survived genocide. It’s time to start talking about it.” And it is time. It is time for this country to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. It is time to celebrate and sing as Waln helps remind us, “We’re stronger and we know it now.” Listen to “7” at http://frankwaln47.bandcamp.com/track/7

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