October 6, 2021

Since 1934 Columbus Day has been designated as a national holiday. The first documented observance of Columbus Day was in New York City in 1792. However, there are aspects of the Christopher Columbus legacy that are often overlooked in the typical narrative.

Many descendants of the original inhabitants of America object to the glorification of Christopher Columbus. The “discovery” of America had a catastrophic impact on the indigenous people who lived here. Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. In recent years the number of states, cities, and communities that observe Indigenous Peoples Day has experienced significant growth in the United States.

(This video was created in a previous year and therefore references Columbus Day as October 12 instead of October 11.)