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!