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October 13 Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day


Indigenous Peoples' Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with federal observance of Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and honor the history of Native American peoples. The significance of celebrating this day is to further educate people about the misrepresentation of Christopher Columbus and the impact he had on Native Americans and Indigenous people globally.


Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday celebrated in various locations throughout the United States. It begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, held in Geneva, Switzerland, where the resolution was passed. Learn more