Why Native Americans Commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 12, 2021
On Monday, October 11, Native Americans across Indian Country will be commemorating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. To be clear, Indigenous Peoples' Day is not just for Native Americans.
Across the United States, 15 states and more than 130 local municipalities (counties, cities, towns, and villages) have proclaimed the second Monday of October of each year as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
It is a day to honor the fact that Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the current lands that are the United States of America. Further, Indigenous Peoples' Day is a day to recognize the many cultures, languages, history, and even the future of Indigenous people across the Americas.