Today's Reason to Celebrate

October 11, 2021 is

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day! For thousands of years, indigenous people have shaped the history and culture of North America, and have made incredible contributions to the arts, agriculture, language, social institutions, government, and much more. Indigenous Peoples’ Day commemorates these cultural achievements and honors indigenous peoples in the United States.

The holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October, and serves as a counter-holiday to Columbus Day. The counter-holiday movement dates back to 1977. Participants at the United Nations "International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas" initiated the first proposal to rename Columbus Day. In 1990, South Dakota became the first state to replace Columbus Day with "Native American Day." Now, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” is observed by at least 10 states, and more than 60 cities across the country.

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, take some time to learn about the history and rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their contributions to our culture. Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

  • October 11, 2021 is also National It's My Party Day | International Day of the Girl | National Coming Out Day | Columbus Day | Canadian Thanksgiving | National Sausage Pizza Day | Boston Marathon
  • October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month | National Breast Cancer Awareness Month | National Chili Month | National Dessert Month | National Pasta Month | National Principals Month | National Roller Skating Month
  • This week is World Rainforest Week