You are reading

Queens Botanical Garden to mark Indigenous People’s Day with unique events

Oct. 5, 2023 By Rachel Butler

Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing is getting ready to honor Indigenous People’s Day with unique and engaging events planned on Monday, Oct. 9.

Indigenous People’s Day (IPD) is a day that recognizes the contributions, resilience, and diversity of indigenous people in the United States. This day is a particularly important one for Queens Botanical Garden to recognize, as Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos told QNS.

QBG is situated on the traditional land of the Matinecock people, the first people of Flushing, Queens. When we talk about the Garden, it’s important to acknowledge that its history starts before colonization, not when the Garden was founded at the 1939 World’s Fair. Through our living land acknowledgement and by commemorating IPD , we pay respect to the Matinecock people, past, present and future, their ancestors who have stewarded the land for generations and their continuing presence on this land today.”

“We honor these origins by continuing to steward the land with sustainable practices, love for community, and commitment to equity, as well as helping to educate the public about the history, significance, contributions, and impact of Indigenous peoples and culture,” Hantzopoulos added.

Special events planned for Oct. 9 include a guided walk spotlighting native plants and their significance, which will take place at 1 p.m. and will be led by Shane Weeks of the Shinnecock Nation.

There will also be screenings of short films to educate visitors about the Native communities of Seawnhaky (Long Island) throughout the day. QBG’s one-acre farm will allow people to explore Indigenous foodways from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a talk about indigenous farming practices scheduled for 2 p.m. There will also be story time and a crafts drop in time from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

“The day is for people of all ages and all backgrounds. By learning more about Indigenous Peoples, we are all able to better understand who we are as a nation and gain a fuller understanding of our nation’s history,” Hantzopoulos said.

The Garden is not asking anyone to pay a specific fee for any of the events or for entrance on the day, but instead is asking for donations to two Indigenous groups: Shinnecock Kelp Farmers and Niamuck Land Trust.

“We are waiving our usual admission fees and instead asking visitors to make donations to two Indigenous groups who are doing important work: Shinnecock Kelp Farmers and Niamuck Land Trust. Any donations collected will be given to those two groups,” Hantzopoulos said. 

Shinnecock Kelp Farmers are a multi-generation group of six women of the Shincock Indian Nation who work with the sea and seaweed to capture carbon and nitrogen that has poisoned the waters of Shinnecock Bay in Long Island.

The Niamuck Land Trust is a group that works to protect, preserve and purchase burial sites and other culturally significant sites sacred to the Shinnecock Nation and their neighboring indigenous communities. 

For more information about Indigenous People’s Day at the Queens Botanical Garden you can visit their

Recent News

Curtis Sliwa calls for more protection of kids after brutal sexual attack on teenage girl in Flushing

Jun. 18, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

Following the horrific incident where a 13-year-old girl was raped in Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing last Thursday, former NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, several GOP candidates, and community leaders held a rally in the park on Monday evening. They called for increased protection for children in Flushing after the attacker forced the victim and her friend into a wooded area at knifepoint, tied them up, and committed the heinous crime.

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Southeast Queens man arraigned on weapons charges after cops search his ‘ghost car’ near LaGuardia Airport: DA

A Hollis man was criminally charged after police discovered a cache of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was pulled over for driving a “ghost car” with obscured license plates in East Elmhurst near LaGuardia Airport during the early morning hours of June 12.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of weapons possession, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem and other crimes after the arsenal was found in his SUV.

Man sought for raping 13-year-old girl in Flushing park in broad daylight Thursday: NYPD

An urgent manhunt is underway in Northeast Queens after a Hispanic man allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in Kissena Corridor Park in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reported that the youngster was with a 13-year-old boy in the park near Kalmia Avenue and Colden Street at around 3:30 p.m. when a stranger approached and threatened them with a knife, forcing them both into a wooded section where he tied them up. The perpetrator proceeded to forcibly remove their cell phones before sexually assaulting the girl, police said, adding that he fled in an unknown direction.