Indigenous Peoples' Day
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About the Event
My campaign proudly supports ending "Columbus Day" as any form of holiday in the United States. There are still 21 states that recognize "Columbus Day" each year on the 2nd Monday of October, but the remaining states plus Washington DC either never celebrated it to begin with, or have changed the holiday to recognize the Indigenous and Native peoples' history in the Americas. Florida does not recognize Columbus Day, but it also does not recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. More than 10,000 years of occupation by Native groups deserves at least one federal holiday, don't you think?
Those of us who were told that Christopher Columbus "discovered" the Americas were, of course, told wrong. Columbus never even stepped foot on the North American continent. And he wasn't even the first European groups to settle in the United States - the Vikings were in North America as early as the early 1000's CE, and maintained settlements for hundreds of years in the Great Lakes and eastern Canadian regions.
We will be spending the day sharing the histories of the people who were in America first throughout the day, joining tribal leaders from across the nation as they share what Indigenous Peoples' Day means to them.
Here's a quick rundown on the controversy of Columbus Day and the history many of us were taught in school.