Indigenous Peoples' Day or Columbus Day? It Might Depend on Where You Live

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With racial justice at the forefront of our collective consciousness, there has arisen a growing outcry for Americans to reexamine the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Once a celebrated pioneer in America’s discovery, he has come into the spotlight again in relation to the debate over the history of systemic racism in the United States. This has led to the toppling of several Columbus statues across the country. The general public and city officials are also dumping Columbus Day to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to show solidarity with Native American communities and to course-correct the narrative about what really happened hundreds of years ago.

While the U.S. has celebrated Columbus Day since 1792, the notion to replace it started in the 1970s. But the momentum to remove Columbus Day has intensified each year, and there are many reasons why Native Americans and others are fighting for this change — and celebrating it.