Published: Mon, October 14, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Indigenous Peoples' Day replaces Columbus Day throughout US

Indigenous Peoples' Day replaces Columbus Day throughout US

The State of MI is officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, as a nationwide push to replace the federal Columbus Day holiday grows. However, the University does not acknowledge it as a holiday in its academic calendar. It wasn't until 1937 that it became a national holiday.

"All campus designated holidays are determined by Chancellor Jones", said Meghan Hazen, registrar of the University, in an email. His colonization of the "new world" led to the bloodshed of Indigenous people and while he did arrive to the Americas, he never set foot in North America.

According to, there are three main sources of controversy regarding Columbus. She is the executive director of the American Indian Community House in NY.

The U.S. Post Office will be closed and there will be no mail delivery on Monday, and banks and credit unions will be closed.

Demonstrators at an Indigenous Peoples' Day event in Seattle in 2017. Across 24 other states, cities have celebrated Indigenous People's Day.

Finley said President Connor Josellis and Griffin still need to discuss in order for the resolution to be implemented with the University.

"This is the first year this bill has been filed in MA, and I look forward to continuing to fight for recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day in the Commonwealth", said Rep. Lewis.

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"There is no change to this philosophy", Patterson-Stephens said in an email.

If you want a history lesson on Columbus Day, one of the most popular is in the form of a cartoon drawn by The Oatmeal that you can see here.

Finely said she always assumed the University's public status is a reason for the lack of holiday acknowledgment.

The Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) office will be closed on Monday, but the Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open its usual 7am-3:30pm hours.

But Native Americans in some states have welcomed the change and said it was time to pay homage to Native Americans instead of Columbus.

Local Native American leaders say a resolution signals progress but was watered down. Nez criticized the federal government for making Columbus Day a holiday without asking for input from Native Americans and said the holiday celebrates "colonialism, oppression, and injustice inflicted on Indigenous peoples".

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