Indigenous Peoples Day or Columbus Day-Which One Will You Say?
In case you forgot, we have a federal holiday coming up on Monday, October 21st, so banks and the post office will be closed.
This particular federal holiday has traditionally been called Columbus Day since 1934, as declared by then-president F. Delano Roosevelt, but in recent years, there has been a national push to reinvent the holiday and call it Indigenous Peoples Day. Instead of reminiscing about Christopher Columbus, there are many who wish to use that day to pay tribute to the indigenous people who have lived in this land for centuries.
The city of Yakima currently recognizes the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day.
After a resident sent a citizen request to the City of Yakima, a vote passed 5-2 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, beginning in 2016 (Bill Lover and Maureen Adkinson voted against). Despite the consensus of approval, there are still many in America (including the current President) who refuse to acknowledge the new name of the holiday.
There are many reasons that factored into the retitle, namely, honoring Native American tribes who owned this country before it was "discovered" by the infamous Italian explorer in 1492.
More cities across the nation are choosing to celebrate Native Americans and honoring their vast cultures, languages, foods, and art.
Our state's capital in Olympia was one of the first few cities in the country that declared the proclamation in 2015. Portland, Oregon, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, were among the other cities to do so that year.