Instead of honoring Christopher Columbus, the Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes Native Americans, who were the first inhabitants of the land that later became the United States of America.

Advocates for the switch to Indigenous Peoples Day argue that Columbus did not “discover” America in 1492 but instead began the colonization of it. For decades, Native American activists have advocated abolishing Columbus Day, which became a federal holiday in 1937.

This year, both Indigenous People Day and Columbus Day are on Monday, Oct. 9.

While the United Nations declared August 9 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in late 1994, Berkeley, Calif., had already become the first city in the U.S. to replace Columbus Day itself.

The city’s decision was influenced by the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito, Ecuador, in 1990, which spurred another Northern California conference that discussed similar issues and brought them to the Berkeley City Council, TIME has reported.

With the exception of Santa Cruz, Calif., and the state of South Dakota, which adopted the similar Native American Day in place of Columbus Day in 1990, the cities, states and universities that have chosen to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead have done so only recently, with cities like Minneapolis and Seattle voting to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead in 2014. Which cities and states celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day?

*Celebrates Native American Day. **Celebrates both Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day.


Minnesota Vermont Alaska South Dakota*

Los Angeles Los Angeles County Berkeley, Calif. Santa Cruz, Calif. San Fernando, Calif. Burbank, Calif. Long Beach, Calif. San Luis Obispo, Calif. Watsonville, Calif. Seattle Olympia, Wash. Spokane, Wash. Bainbridge Island, Wash. Minneapolis Grand Rapids, Minn. St. Paul, Minn. Denver Durango, Colo. Boulder, Colo. Phoenix Ann Arbor, Mich. Traverse City, Mich.

Alpena, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Ypsilanti, Mich. Albuquerque, N.M. Santa Fe Portland Eugene, Ore. Newstead, New York Village of Lewiston, New York** Ithaca, New York Anadarko, Okla. Norman, Okla.

Tulsa, Okla. Tahlequah, Okla. Carrboro, N.C. Asheville, N.C. Belfast, Maine Bangor, Maine Orono, Maine Brunswick, Maine** Portland, Maine Bexar County, Texas Cambridge, Mass. Amherst, Mass. Northampton, Mass. Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Lawrence, Kansas Davenport, Iowa

Durham, N.H. Moscow, Idaho Oberlin, Ohio Salt Lake City Austin, Texas

Responses to "55 Cities Change "Columbus Day" To "Indigenous People's Day""

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hawai'i has always had Discoverer's Day since before statehood.

  2. Unknown says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    Add Ashland, Oregon, to the list -- city in 2017 adopted resolution marking second Monday in October as Indidenous Peoples Day:

  4. Delibry1 says:

    Soundsike a dumb question, but how does one start such a well needed movement in their area?

  5. Unknown says:

    St.Louis Missouri abolished Columbus Day Oct 2018, we will celebrate indigenous people's day in 2019 :)

  6. My organization,The Red Handed Warrior Society,helped to pass IPD declarations in Dallas, Corpus Christi Texas and Ft. Worth I.S.D.

  7. Unknown says:

    Yes Now let's do it in New York too

  8. Unknown says:

    As far as I'm concerned, "columbus day" shouldn't have been a "holiday" in the first place, everyone knows the people was here first. it should've been Natives day from the beginning. the change is way long over due!!

  9. Unknown says:

    I convinced 23 cities in Kentucky to pass Indigenous Peoples Day proclamations in 2018 including Louisville and Frankfort. These cities were listed in Smithsonian Magazine in October 18.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Indigenous means originating or occurring naturally in a particular place. So there is no such thing as indigenous people since every group of people originated elsewhere.

  11. Unknown says:

    I live in HAWAII. Unfortunately, we still have C. DAy. I personally don't acknowledge him ever !!!!!!!

  12. Unknown says:

    Being from Tuscarawas County, Ohio home of the Lanape Tuscarora native Americans our Boy Scout area was named for their last Chieftan Netawotwes; how do we start a drive to do this here; is there sample legislation and/or petitioning language that needs to be included please send it to Brady Swinderman 330-365-7215 cell 324 E 20th St., Dover, OH 44622-1028

  13. Unknown says:

    BTW: to anonymous above the only place then we are all indigenous from is sub-Saharan Africa since according to genome research that is where modern humans ALL originated from. Indigenous therefore can mean those who were first to have occupied & established the human race in that location.

  14. Sankofa says:

    The real terrorists were columbus and all so called cowboys, cowgirls, house on the parries, great frontier white Europeans barbaric raiders and thieves. They are to date squatters in the Americas. The truth must be told unapologetically

  15. Unknown says:

    Always found it fascinating that allegely history in the United States did not begin until Europeans found out about it. Even then most of the history in our school history textbook are only about Anglo-Saxon men. Seem to me like a lot of history got left out. Seems to be a lot of people that the American school history books don't mention.

  16. Tracie G says:

    Add OKLAHOMA CITY to this list, as of Indigenous People’s Day 2018.

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