08 Oct Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day!
Cities, states, and universities across the country have been pushing to drop Columbus Day—a national holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus’s colonization of the Americas starting in 1492—in favor of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Millions of indigenous people were displaced by Columbus, and between his arrival and the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620, 90% of the native population died, mostly from diseases brought over from Europe. The remaining natives saw their land and culture destroyed by the violence of white Western colonization. (source)
Indigenous Peoples Day serves as a celebration and highlights the native communities that have always been here.
The holiday began in 1989 in South Dakota, where Lynn Hart and Governor Mickelson backed a resolution to celebrate Native American day on the second Monday of October, marking the beginning of the year of reconciliation in 1990. It was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. It spread two years later to Santa Cruz, California, and in the 2010s to various other cities and states. (source)
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