Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates Native American peoples and recognizes their traditions. The United States celebrates this holiday on the second Monday in Oct.
The holiday began as a counter celebration to Columbus Day. Some people reject celebrating Columbus Day, saying that he represents a violent part of history in the Western Hemisphere. Others say Columbus Day recognizes the person who discovered the New World, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day adds to the whole story as it happened.
“The growing recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day actually represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history,” Native American historian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Malinda Maynor Lowery.
Today in the United States at least 13 states have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The bill was passed for the state of California in 2013 and many other states began to follow. By doing this, states hope it will help them show Native Americans how much they are appreciated.
“The United States has had a history of not including all aspects of the American story,” professor of communications Victoria Ellison said. “Celebrating Indegineous Peoples’ Day is a step toward making a positive change.”
Many states today have found ways to honor their Native Americans. In each state, large celebrations are held.
“It is important to celebrate different cultures,” Ellison said.