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Now that the country is finally starting to recognize the struggles and hardships our Indigenous People have suffered, many states across the nation are eradicating Columbus Day to commemorate Indigenous People.
The holiday will recognize the native populations that were harshly and brutally decimated after Christopher Columbus and other European explorers docked in North America.
President Joe Biden became the first US president to issue a proclamation honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The statement wrote that the day “celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.”
Since Columbus Day is a federal holiday, it allows for the closure of non-essential businesses like government offices, post offices, and banks. That said, each individual state has the authority to choose if they want to go through with a federal holiday or not. The same goes for cities; they can change the name or intent of any holiday, leading to the eradication of Columbus Day and the commencement of Indigenous Peoples Day.
So far, as many as 130 cities are now celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. In California alone, we will not only be celebrating Native America Day in late September, but thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom, he signed a yearly proclamation that marks Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday of October.
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