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Timeline of support for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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  • the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland , to the Chat Began Replacing Columbus Day in the United States with a celebration to Be Known as Indigenous Peoples Day. [1]


  • at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito , Ecuador, representatives of Indian groups throughout the Americas agreed that they would mark 1992, the 500th anniversary of the first of the travels of Christopher Columbus , as a year to promote “continental unity “and” liberation. ” [2]


  • the city ​​council of Berkeley , California, declared October 12 as a “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples”, and 1992 the “Year of Indigenous Peoples”. The city implemented in schools, libraries, and museums. The city symbolically renamed Columbus Day as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” beginning in 1992 [3] to protest the historical conquest of North America by Europeans, and to call attention to the losses suffered by the Native Americanpeoples and their cultures [4] through diseases, warfare, massacres, and forced assimilation .


  • the city council of Minneapolis , Minnesota, officiellement Voted to Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day along with Columbus Day. [5] [6]
  • Red Wing, Minnesota , replaced Columbus Day with Chief Red Wing Day to honor the city’s namesake, Hupaha-duta, the Dakota leader known as “Red Wing”. [7]
  • The City Council of Seattle , Washington, officially renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [8]
  • Bellingham, Washington passed an ordinance recognizing the second Monday of October as Coast Salish Day in honor of the indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea bioregion. [9]
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato began celebrating the Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Columbus Day, following the official vote to establish the Minnesota State Student Association.
  • The City Council of Grand Rapids , Minnesota, passed a resolution recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [10]


  • The City Commission of Traverse City , Michigan, passed to resolution recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [11]
  • The Town of Newstead and the Village of Akron , New York, and the Akron Central School District, voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Columbus Day. [12]
  • The City Council of St. Paul , Minnesota, unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Columbus Day. [13]
  • The City of Olympia, Washington officially declared the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor the Native American heritage. [14]
  • The Town and Village of Lewiston, New York , declared the second Monday of October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, on September 28 and October 5, 2015, respectively. [15]
  • The Mayor of the City of Anadarko, Oklahoma signed the Indigenous Peoples ‘Day proclamation, while surrounded by members and tribal leaders from the Apache, Choctaw, Delaware, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [16]
  • the cities of Anchorage, Alaska ; Portland, Oregon ; Carrboro, North Carolina ; and Albuquerque, New Mexico adopted similar resolutions. [17] [18] [19] [20]
  • Governor Bill Walker of Alaska issued an executive proclamation renaming Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” [21]
  • The City of San Fernando , California, passed a resolution recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [22] The City of San Fernando may be the first city in Los Angeles County to recognize this day. [23]
  • on December 15, the City Council of Belfast, Maine approved the renaming of Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


  • The City Council of Durango, Colorado unanimously voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October. [24]
  • The Mayor and City Council of Asheville, North Carolina voted unanimously to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [25]
  • The student body of the University of Utah voted unanimously to support the replacement of the annual “Columbus Day” holiday to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”.
  • The faculty of Brown University voted to designate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
  • Utah Senate Bill 170 Indigenous Peoples Day in the Place of Columbus Day.
  • The City Council of Eugene, Oregon voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring the second Monday as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [26]
  • The Cornell University Student Assembly voted unanimously to approve a resolution recommending that the provost amend the university’s academic calendar to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
  • The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts voted unanimously (9-0) to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [27] The Massachusetts communities of Amherst and Northampton , by the time early October 2016 arrived, had joined Cambridge in similarly re-naming the early October date. [28]
  • The City of Boulder, Colorado voted unanimously (9-0) to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [29]
  • the City of Spokane, WA approved the Indigenous Peoples Day by a 6 to 1 vote. [30]
  • The City Council of Bainbridge Island, Washington unanimously approved a resolution declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [31]
  • East Lansing, Michigan City Council voted unanimously without discussion to declare the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [32]
  • The City Council of Santa Fe, New Mexico unanimously (8-0) approved a resolution declaring the second Monday in October, or what traditionally is Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Santa Fe. [33]
  • The Denver City Council unanimously (12-0) approved a resolution permanently recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October. [34]
  • The City Council of Yakima, Washington voted 5 to 2 to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • The City Council of Phoenix, Arizona voted unanimously (9-0) to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day annually on Columbus Day. It was the largest US city to take such action. [35]
  • Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a proclamation declaring that October 10, 2016 will be observed as Indigenous Peoples Day in the state. The statement also acknowledges that the country has been established by indigenous peoples. [36]
  • Mayor Gregory F. Vaughn of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia signed by Councilor Kevin Carden declaring that day, and the second Monday of each subsequent October, to be called Indigenous Peoples Day in the town. Harpers Ferry was already notorious as a national focal point in the history of American minorities.



    • At a Town Meeting in Starks, Maine, Indigenous Peoples Day was approved, 32-2, replacing Columbus Day observances.


  • On August 21, Oberlin, Ohio officially approved the change to Indigenous Peoples Day. [37]
  • One week later, on August 28, Bangor, Maine made it official as well. [38]
  • As of August 30, Los Angeles City Council Authorized the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in Columbus Day. [39]


    • On September 11, Orono became the third city in Maine to adopt Indigenous Peoples Day.
    • On September 18, both Brunswick and Portland adopted the Indigenous Peoples Day.


    • On October 5, the Austin City Council adopted the change to Indigenous Peoples Day.
    • On October 9, the Eau Claire School Board (eighth largest school district in Wisconsin) adopted the change to Indigenous Peoples Day.
    • On October 9, the Cities of Salt Lake City, Utah , Bangor, Maine , Burbank, California , Austin, Texas , and San Luis, California is an officially recognized and adopted Indigenous Peoples Day.


  1. Jump up^ RS Sriyananda (August 7, 2009). “Celebrating peoples of Yore” . Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  2. Jump up^ “Declaration of Quito, Ecuador” . Indigenous Alliance of the Americas on 500 Years of Resistance. July 1990.
  3. Jump up^ “Berkeley Postpones Fate of Columbus Day” . San Jose Mercury News. July 17, 1992.
  4. Jump up^ Roger Petterson (October 13, 1992). “Columbus Day Stirs Debate Across America” . Associated Press.
  5. Jump up^ Lewis, Renee (April 25, 2014). “Minneapolis to Indigenous Peoples’ Day as Alternative to Columbus” . Al Jazeera America.
  6. Jump up^ “StarTribune – Print Page” . startribune.com . Retrieved October 12,2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Columbus Day to become Chief Red Wing Day” . PostBulletin.com . Retrieved October 12, 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ My, Kelton Sears (October 12, 2014). “Seattle Sends Columbus Sailing as a City Council Unanimously Passes’ Indigenous Peoples’ Day ‘ ” . NPR . Retrieved October 9, 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “Bellingham Council votes to recognize Coast Salish Day” . October 13, 2015.
  10. Jump up^ Rosemore, Lisa (December 17, 2014). “GR Council votes to abolish police commission” . Grand Rapids Herald-Review . Retrieved October 1, 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ “Traverse City approves Indigenous Peoples Day” . Detroit Free Press . February 4, 2015 . Retrieved October 1, 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ “Newstead Prepares for Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday” . www.buffaloNews.com . Retrieved October 12, 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ “St. Paul’s Council Passes Resolution Columbus Day Renaming” .
  14. Jump up^ “Olympia to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day” . Retrieved 2016-10-02 .
  15. Jump up^ “Village of Lewiston celebrating both Indigenous Peoples and Columbus Day on Monday” . Niagara Gazette . Retrieved October 12, 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ “Anadarko now officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day” . 2015-09-28 . Retrieved 2016-10-02 .
  17. Jump up^ Klint, Chris. “Mayor opens AFN Elders and Youth with ceremonial renaming of Columbus Day in Anchorage” . Alaska Dispatch News . Retrieved 12 October 2015 .
  18. Jump up^ “City of Portland to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day” .
  19. Jump up^ “Carrboro declares” Indigenous Peoples’ Day ” ” .
  20. Jump up^ “ABQ City Council Votes to Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day” .
  21. Jump up^ “Alaska Renames Columbus Day ‘Indigenous Peoples Day ‘ ” .
  22. Jump up^ “City of San Fernando October 5 Agenda” (PDF) .
  23. Jump up^ “News | Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians” . www.tataviam-nsn.us . Retrieved 2015-10-13 .
  24. Jump up^ Shinn, Mary (January 7, 2016). “Durango Indigenous Peoples’ Day over Columbus Day” . The Durango Herald .
  25. Jump up^ “Asheville City Council Adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day” .
  26. Jump up^ “Eugene says yes to Indigenous Peoples’ Day” . eugeneweekly.com . Retrieved 29 September 2016 .
  27. Jump up^ “Cambridge City Council meeting – June 6, 2016 – AGENDA” . rwinters.com . Retrieved 2016-06-08 .
  28. Jump up^ “Several Massachusetts towns, cities honoring peoples peoples over Columbus” . whdh.com . Associated Press. October 11, 2016 . Retrieved October 11, 2016 . Christopher Columbus’ 1492 arrival in the Americas.
  29. Jump up^ “Boulder to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Columbus Day each year” . Retrieved 2016-08-03 .
  30. Jump up^ http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/aug/29/city-council-changes-columbus-day-to-indigineous-p/
  31. Jump up^ “City Celebrates Indigenous People Day on October 10 at City Hall” . City of Bainbridge Island . Retrieved 2016-10-07 .
  32. Jump up^ “East Lansing Swap Out Columbus Day for Indigenous People’s Day” . MLive Media Group . Retrieved 2016-10-11 .
  33. Jump up^ “Santa Fe to honor Natives with Indigenous Peoples Day” . Retrieved 2016-10-02 .
  34. Jump up^ “Denver Approves Permanent Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day” . Denver Post . October 3, 2016.
  35. Jump up^ Amanda Blackhorse, “Take That, Columbus: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Unanimously Passes in Phoenix”,Indian Country Today Media NetworkNetwork, 7 October 2016 accessed 10 October 2016
  36. Jump up^ “Vermont to Observe Indigenous People’s Day at Brattleboro resident’s request” . Reformer . Retrieved 2016-10-08 .
  37. Jump up^ Reid, Melissa (August 21, 2017). “City of Oberlin officially abolishes Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day” . fox8.com . WJW (TV) . Retrieved August 31, 2017 . In a unanimous vote Monday night, Oberlin City Council voted to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.
  38. Jump up^ “Bangor Renaming Columbus Day as ‘Indigenous People’s Day ‘ “. usnews.com . US News and World Report. August 29, 2017. One of the biggest cities in Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day … WMTW-TV reports the Bangor City Council approved the change on Monday. Belfast, Maine, became the first city in the state of change in 2015 … Bangor officials say in public records that the renamed holiday “will provide an opportunity for our community to recognize and celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of our region.” They specifically site the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians,
  39. Jump up^ “City Council votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day” . abc7.com . KABC-TV . August 20, 2017 . Retrieved August 31,2017 . The Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday to replace the Columbus Day with the Indigenous Peoples Day … Councilmembers voted 14-1 to make the second Monday in October a day to commemorate indigenous, aboriginal and native people. It will be paid for holidays.


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