U.S. Cities celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day

The second Monday of October is usually dedicated for cities across the United States to celebrate Columbus Day, but many cities are now also recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day.

This day falls on the same day as Columbus Day, but it promotes the celebration of Native American culture and supports the Native American community's history within this country.

The first city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day was Berkeley in Northern California, who enacted this day in 1992.

Since then, 26 cities have followed suit and some of those cities include Albuquerque, N.M., Anadarko, Okla., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn., and Olympia, Wash.

In Phoenix, Arizona the nine Phoenix City Council members voted on Wednesday to unanimously establish the day as an annual event.

Though some cities like Phoenix and others are going all-in with this decision, there have also been cities who voted against it happening like in Cincinnati City, Ohio.

Their city council held a meeting this week and five of the nine Cincinnati City council members abstained from allowing this proclamation.

Despite the on-going battle for organizations to make Indigenous Peoples' Day a national holiday, it will certainly continue to be commemorated

 

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